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The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature

ISBN: 978-1-118-82477-1
2272 pages
June 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature is a comprehensive collection of poems, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, autobiographies, and essays authored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until the present.  Evenly divided into two volumes, it is also the first such anthology to be conceived and published for both classroom and online education in the new millennium.  

  • Reflects the current scholarly and pedagogic structure of African American literary studies
  • Selects literary texts according to extensive research on classroom adoptions, scholarship, and the expert opinions of leading professors
  • Organizes literary texts according to more appropriate periods of literary history, dividing them into seven sections that accurately depict intellectual, cultural, and political movements
  • Includes more reprints of entire works and longer selections of major works than any other anthology of its kind
  • Works hand-in-hand with the Wiley Blackwell Companion to African American Literature, a landmark collection of essays which presents secondary criticism by eminent scholars on many texts and movements featured in the Anthology
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Author Information

Gene Andrew Jarrett is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Boston University.  He earned his A.B. in English from Princeton University and his A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University.  Jarrett 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.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Editorial Advisory Board

Daphne A. Brooks, Princeton University
Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University
Margo Natalie Crawford, Cornell University
Madhu Dubey, University of Illinois, Chicago
Michele Elam, Stanford University
Philip Gould, Brown University
George B. Hutchinson, Cornell University
Marlon B. Ross, University of Virginia
Cherene M. Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
James Edward Smethurst, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Werner Sollors, Harvard University
John Stauffer, Harvard University
Jeffrey Allen Tucker, University of Rochester
Ivy G. Wilson, Northwestern University

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"Expansive, instructive, fascinating and surprising, this magnificent anthology is pieced together with superb editorial judgment and offers insights on every page. Here is a rich, many-voiced literary tradition unfolding across the centuries in all its exhilarating diversity and unmatched power. Certain to become seminal and essential, this is a treasure that belongs on all our bookshelves." 
Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham

"Gene Jarrett’s new anthology incisively surveys the development of a national literature.  It intelligently charts its progression through more than 250 years, thus rendering a great service to contemporary scholarship.  By also presenting little-known works in volume one and lesser-heard voices in volume two, Jarrett provides a deft balance between what we now know and what we have yet to explore."
Nathan l Grant, African American Review 

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