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The contemporary African American novel : its folk roots and modern literary branches

This book begins with a personal essay in which Bell traces the evolution of his thinking about sociohistorical and sociocultural approaches to literature. He goes on to apply these approaches to the work of hundreds of black novelists whose work has been published since 1853. His primary focus, however, is on some forty novels and romances published between 1983 and 2001, including works by Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, Albert Murray, Gloria Naylor, Al Young, David Bradley, Leon Forrest, and Charles Johnson, as well as the neo-Black Aesthetic novelists Nathaniel Mackey, Trey Ellis, Percival L. Everett, and Colson Whitehead. In acknowledging the diversity of the tradition of the novel, Bell also examines the science fiction of Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, the gay novels of E. Lynn Harris, Larry Duplechan, and Randall Kenan, and the detective narratives of Barbara Neely and Walter Mosley. The result is a book of impressive scope and accomplishmentan essential work for any serious student of African American literature
Print Book, English, 2004
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 2004
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xxviii, 490 pages ; 24 cm
9781558494732, 9781558494725, 1558494731, 1558494723
Mapping the rhetoric, politics, and poetics of representation in the contemporary African American novel
Roots of the contemporary African American novel
Mapping the peaks and valleys of the African American novel (1853-1962)
Forms of neorealism : critical and poetic realism (1962-1983)
Modernism and postmodernism (1962-1983)
Continuity and change in ethnic tropes of identity formation (1983-2001)
New black aesthetic : Eurocentric metafiction and African Americentric tropes of transcultural identity and community (1983-2001). Contemporary African American paraliterature : science/speculative fiction, gay/lesbian, and detective/mystery novels and romances (1983-2001)
Sequel to: The Afro-American novel and its tradition