Through a series of essays that explore the forms, themes, genres, historical contexts, major authors, and latest critical approaches, A Companion to African American Literature presents a comprehensive chronological overview of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the modern day * Examines African American literature from its earliest origins, through the rise of antislavery literature in the decades leading into the Civil War, to the modern development of contemporary African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies * Addresses the latest critical and scholarly approaches to African American literature * Features essays by leading established literary scholars as well as newer voices
Gene Andrew Jarrett is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Boston University. He is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (2007), and the editor or co-editor of several volumes and collections of African American literature and literary criticism.
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction 1 Gene Andrew Jarrett Part I. The Literatures of Africa, Middle Passage, Slavery, and Freedom: The Early and Antebellum Periods, c.1750 1865 9 1. Back to the Future: Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Black Authors 11 Vincent Carretta 2. Africa in Early African American Literature 25 James Sidbury 3. Ports of Call, Pulpits of Consultation: Rethinking the Origins of African American Literature 45 Frances Smith Foster and Kim D. Green 4. The Constitution of Toussaint: Another Origin of African American Literature 59 Michael J. Drexler and Ed White 5. Religion in Early African American Literature 75 Joanna Brooks and Tyler Mabry 6. The Economies of the Slave Narrative 90 Philip Gould 7. The 1850s: The First Renaissance of Black Letters 103 Maurice S. Lee 8. African American Literary Nationalism 119 Robert S. Levine 9. Periodicals, Print Culture, and African American Poetry 133 Ivy G. Wilson Part II. New Negro Aesthetics, Culture, and Politics: The Modern Period, 1865 c.1940 149 10. Racial Uplift and the Literature of the New Negro 151 Marlon B. Ross 11. The Dialect of New Negro Literature 169 Gene Andrew Jarrett 12. African American Literary Realism, 1865 1914 185 Andrea N. Williams 13. Folklore and African American Literature in the Post-Reconstruction Era 200 Shirley Moody-Turner 14. The Harlem Renaissance: The New Negro at Home and Abroad 212 Michelle Ann Stephens 15. Transatlantic Collaborations: Visual Culture in African American Literature 227 Cherene Sherrard-Johnson 16. Aesthetic Hygiene: Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Work of Art 243 Mark Christian Thompson 17. African American Modernism and State Surveillance 254 William J. Maxwell Part III. Reforming the Canon, Tradition, and Criticism of African American Literature: The Contemporary Period, c.1940 Present 269 18. The Chicago Renaissance 271 Michelle Yvonne Gordon 19. Jazz and African American Literature 286 Keith D. Leonard 20. The Black Arts Movement 302 James Edward Smethurst 21. Humor in African American Literature 315 Glenda R. Carpio 22. Neo-Slave Narratives 332 Madhu Dubey 23. Popular Black Women s Fiction and the Novels of Terry McMillan 347 Robin V. Smiles 24. African American Science Fiction 360 Jeffrey Allen Tucker 25. Latino/a Literature and the African Diaspora 376 Theresa Delgadillo 26. African American Literature and Queer Studies: The Conundrum of James Baldwin 393 Guy Mark Foster 27. African American Literature and Psychoanalysis 410 Arlene R. Keizer Name Index 421 Subject Index 442