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  African American literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
African American literature tends to focus on themes of particular interest to Black people, for example, the role of African Americans within the larger American society and issues such as African American culture, racism, religion, slavery, freedom, and equality.
Some people include in African American literature writings by African Americans which lack fl characters and situations and are not particularly targeted at fl audiences, such as, for example, much of the earlier work of bestselling novelist Frank Yerby and that of science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany.
African Americans are also represented in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, with Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Robert Fleming, Brandon Massey, Charles R. Saunders, John Ridley, John M. Faucette, Sheree Thomas and Nalo Hopkinson being just a few of the well-known authors.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/African_American_literature   (5702 words)

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The African American literary tradition began with the oral culture long before any of the materials in it were written down.
Throughout their American history, African Americans have used the oral culture as a natural part of fl expressive culture.They are very powerful voices that give fuller meanings to words on a page.
During the 1920s African American art and literature gained recognition as a significant component of world culture.
journeys-end.ourfamily.com   (510 words)

 Online NewsHour Forum: Nellie McKay -- The Norton Anthology of African American Literature -- March 18, 1997
Nellie Y. McKay is Professor of African American and American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
That was one of the primary reasons for doing this anthology: to inform the world at large that African Americans have been writing since the early 1700’s and have produced a very rich body of a distinct literary tradition.
African American literature has much of that quality and since fl women suffered equally with fl men they also expressed their strength of will and humanity through literature.
www.pbs.org /newshour/forum/march97/mckay_3-18.html   (1879 words)

 African American Literature - Handout
Africans in Arizona with the Spanish ("Death of the Negro Estervan")
Holloway indicates that this selection was not accidental as the Africans from different parts of Africa where sold on the basis of their African skills.
For example, he states that Africans from the Gambian delta were sought after by people in the Maryland area because of the similarities in land use.
www.wpunj.edu /courses/eng150/aahis.htm   (670 words)

 African American Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
History and bibliography of the literature of the period in the form of a lesson plan.
Used as a handout for a literature course taught at William Patterson University in New Jersey.
Explores the experience of the African American soldier in the American Civil War in South Carolina.
www.bluefield.wvnet.edu /library/afamlinks.htm   (3422 words)

 Research Guide: African American Literature - Boston College
This is the nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans.
African American Writers examines a multitude of fl cultural leaders from the eighteenth century to the present as it focuses on novelists, essayists, scholars, activists, critics, teachers, poets, playwrights, and songwriters.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century is a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century fl women writers.
www.bc.edu /libraries/research/guides/s-africanamerican   (3859 words)

 African-American Literature
Literature in the United States from the African Diaspora Project at UCLA provides a timeline outlining the development of African-American literature.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century is a digital collection of 52 works by 19th-century fl women writers.
A comprehensive guide "including all fiction titles published between 1968 and 1993 by African American authors and targeted toward young adult readers." The book covers 166 titles by 57 authors and includes short articles, which are almost all reviews, on each of the titles.
www.lib.rochester.edu /index.cfm?PAGE=383   (1377 words)

 91.01.07: African American Literature: A Contrast Between North and South
Students take American history in their junior year; therefore, this unit would fit in well with the history because the literature that I would be using is American.
The second section of history is interspersed with examples of literature that are appropriate for the period and with questions and activities.
African art was popular among white collectors, and a new emphasis was placed on the folk and primitive aspects of the Black.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1991/1/91.01.07.x.html   (6351 words)

 African-American Literature
From the 1930s to the 1950s, African-American literature took many twists and turns, increasing its scope and horizons.
In the years from 1935 to the 1950s, African Americans began to take more pride in their accomplishments and advances.
The changes in African-American literature from the Great Depression through the post-WW II years parallels the many changes going on in America at that same time.
www.fcps.k12.va.us /westspringfieldhs/projects/im98/im981/lit.htm   (1314 words)

 African American Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We will approach the study of African American literature by acknowledging that there is no fixed body of literary masterpieces written by African Americans; such a contention is merely a construction based on aesthetic tastes, historical circumstances, and political values that shift over time.
Most of the literature we will encounter performed political work in the public sphere; that is, many of the authors we will read created their texts to shape and re-define American culture.
African American literature was not written to be studied solely in an ivory tower.
www.boisestate.edu /english/mnewman/english213.html   (4219 words)

 African American Poetry - African American Literature
Dunbar was the most famous African American poet, and one of the most famous American poets, of his time.
Although Dunbar felt his best work was his poetry in standard English, he was celebrated almost exclusively for his folk poetry about African Americans written in dialect—the "jingle in a broken tongue." His identification with dialect poetry disappointed him during his lifetime and alienated some later African American readers.
Harper was also the first African American woman to publish a short story.
www.africanaonline.com /poetry.htm   (551 words)

 African-American Women's Lit
This site is an exploration of African American Women's Literature from the classic gems of our forebears and historical texts to novels from traditional playwrights, contemporary spoken word poets, and non-fiction works.
As an American woman of African descent who fought all of her adult life for the rights of enslaved Africans in America, she wanted to be part of this movement that was also fighting...
It is the month during which much attention is given to the celebration of African American contributors and contributions to our country.
www.suite101.com /welcome.cfm/aaw_literature   (636 words)

 The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature — www.greenwood.com
These entries document the work of African American writers and their critics, literary forms and techniques, geographic hubs that generate significant output, and influential figures and movements that have shaped this diverse tradition....[t]his is an important addition to all collections.
Crucial to an understanding of this unique body of literature is attention to the historical, social, and political climate in which it took root.
Stresses the social and historical contexts of African American literature through entries on cultural and historical figures, social issues, political and legal concerns, and significant events.
www.greenwood.com /catalog/GR2972.aspx   (888 words)

 African American Literature Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Collection of African American Literature is a collaborative effort between Suffolk University, the Museum of Afro- American History, and the National Park Service's Boston African American National Historic Site.
Though dedicated to African American literature as a whole, the collection focuses primarily on the Black experience in New England.
A Dictionary Catalog of the Collection of African American Literature in the Mildred F. Sawyer Library of Suffolk University, compiled in 1996 by the Collection's founder, Dr. Edward Clark, may be purchased from the library for $20.00 US.
www.suffolk.edu /sawlib/speccoll/SpeccollAfroam.htm   (428 words)

 African American Literature
Beginning with the slave narrative, we will explore the conditions, contexts, and changing audiences for African American literary production from the early nineteenth century to such twentieth century phenomena as Harlem Renaissance, the Modern and Contemporary periods, and Black women writers.
In their course work students will create a "web of connections" for interpreting the African American literary tradition through response papers, group discussions, and several class projects.
"Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance, 1865-1919" (Norton 461)
www.goshen.edu /~anneh/afamSyllabus.htm   (1350 words)

 Welcome to African American Literature Online
The purpose of this web site is to provide the reader with a comprehensive guide to African American Literature during the Twentieth Century.
Also, we have provided you with some significant events of each decade and the literary themes that African American authors were writing about during that decade.
This web site is targeted towards high school students because we felt they would be at a level of maturity that would allow them to have a better grasp of what the authors were writing about during that time period.
www.geocities.com /afam_literature   (249 words)

 Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Library-Stone Center Guide to the Web - Literature
During the waning years of the Harlem Renaissance, a renaissance of African American culture was emerging in Chicago.
The George Moses Horton Society is part of the American Literature Association.
The society is part of the American Literature Association.
www.lib.unc.edu /stone/webguide/index.html?display=print_items&item_id=18   (1312 words)

 African American Literature
Similarities between South African and American apartheid: All economic and political power was under the control of Whites.
While both South African and American governments legalized racism, they also played on people’s hopes for social and economic advancement by saying that success awaits those play by the rules of hard work and assimilation.
As an African American author, Ellison certainly deviates from his predecessors and his successors, in that he shies away from political engagement in favor of introspective calculation.
english213.blogspot.com   (5032 words)

 African-American Literature
In fact, some of the most risky work these days is being written not only by African Americans, but Americans of Dominican, Jamaican, and Haitian descent.
In the 1920s, fl writers and artists in Harlem led a flourishing new movement in literature, theatre, and jazz.
Classifications such as "African American," "Native American," "Gay and Lesbian," etc., have eased readers' searches for specific genre literature, while also limiting the audience for these books.
www.factmonster.com /spot/bhmlit1.html   (991 words)

 Amazon.com: The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (Includes Audio CD): Books: Henry Louis Gates,Nellie Y. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A whopping 2,665 pages, The Norton Anthology of African American Literature was 10 years in the making, and it proves to have been well worth the wait.
The editors who helm such a project are almost playing god by deciding which authors and which works get into the "canon." Fortunately, the editors of "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature" have approached their duties with an expansive vision and an evident seriousness of purpose.
For his chapter, ``The Literature of Slavery and Freedom: 1746-1865,'' Andrews was responsible for selecting, editing and writing the annotations and introductions for all of the works included.
www.amazon.com /Norton-Anthology-African-American-Literature/dp/0393959082   (2815 words)

 African American Literature
This volume includes articles on "virtually every aspect of the history and development of the literature created by persons of African descent." In addition to short biographies of authors, plot summaries and sketches of major characters, it also provides essays on critical concepts and themes within African American literature.
An author and subject index to African American journals published during the first half of the century.
This volume provides biographical sketches of African American speech writers and bibliographies of their speeches.
www2.lib.udel.edu /subj/blks/resguide/afrlit.htm   (1830 words)

 African American Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Catalog Description: Surveys writings of African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present.
Develop an appreciation of literary works by African American writers and others of African Descent.
Literature of the Reconstruction: Lecture, Oral Presentations and
www.pccc.cc.nj.us /english/en204syl.html   (151 words)

 African American Literature
A collection of literature resources ranging from author biographies, student guides and dictionaries of literary terms to specialist research materials such as current full-text journals and bibliographic citations.
MLA Bibliography (from the Modern Language Association) covers literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide.
African American literature from early poetry and slave narratives to contemporary writing
www.pcc.edu /library/classes/flippert/eng257.htm   (445 words)

 glbtq >> literature >> African-American Literature: Lesbian
Smith's essay, which itself represents a significant challenge to previous conceptions of literary scholarship, can be described as one of the first steps in the invention of an identifiable African-American literary tradition, a tradition that has made remarkable progress in recent years.
They combine self-expression with culturally specific metaphors and create positive images of fl lesbian identity that replace their historic and aesthetic erasure with a continuum of female bonding.
Although African-American lesbian literature could be said to have its beginnings in the lesbian, gay, and bisexual culture that flourished during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and early 1930s, fl lesbians' self-naming process occurred only in an ambivalent, highly coded fashion.
www.glbtq.com /literature/african_am_lit_lesbian.html   (750 words)

 African American Writers
African American Women Writers of the 19th century New York Public Library Digital Library Collection.
African American authors arranged chronologically from 1746 to 1990.
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.
www.mtsu.edu /~vvesper/afam.html   (3235 words)

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