The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, Trudier Harri


a wide ranging fulfillment, this Concise significant other is an acceptable crown to the unbelievable creation in African American literature and feedback that has swept over American literary reviews within the final 20 years. It bargains a tremendous diversity of writers-from Sojourner fact to Frederick Douglass, from Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and from Toni Morrison to August Wilson. It includes entries on significant works (including synopses of novels), reminiscent of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave woman, Richard Wright's local Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin within the sunlight. It additionally comprises details on literary characters corresponding to larger Thomas, Coffin Ed Johnson, Kunta Kinte, Sula Peace, in addition to on personality forms equivalent to Aunt Jemima, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, Stackolee, and the trickster. Icons of black tradition are addressed, together with bright information about the lives of Muhammad Ali, John Coltrane, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman.
Here, too, are common articles on poetry, fiction, and drama; on autobiography, slave narratives, Sunday college literature, and oratory; in addition to on a large spectrum of similar themes. Compact but thorough, this convenient quantity gathers works from an unlimited array of sources--from the black periodical press to women's clubs--making it some of the most immense publications on hand at the starting to be, interesting international of African American literature.

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