A Companion to African American Literature
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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
Introduction (Gene Andrew Jarrett, Boston University).
Part I: The Literatures of Africa, Middle Passage, Slavery, and Freedom: The Early and Antebellum Periods, c.1750–1865.
1. Back to the Future: Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Black Authors (Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland).
2. Africa in Early African American Literature (James Sidbury, University of Texas at Austin).
3. Ports of Call, Pulpits of Consultation: Rethinking the Origins of African American Literature (Frances Smith Foster, Emory University; Kim D. Green, Emory University) .
4. The Constitution of Toussaint: Another Origin of African American Literature (Michael J. Drexler, Bucknell University; Ed White, University of Florida).
5. Religion in Early African American Literature (Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University; Tyler Mabry, University of Texas at Austin).
6. The Economies of the Slave Narrative (Philip Gould, Brown University).
7. The 1850s: The First Renaissance of Black Letters (Maurice S. Lee, Boston University).
8. African American Literary Nationalism (Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland).
9. Periodicals, Print Culture, and African American Poetry (Ivy G. Wilson, Northwestern University).
Part II: New Negro Aesthetics, Culture, and Politics: The Modern Period, 1865–c.1940.
10. Racial Uplift and the Literature of the New Negro (Marlon B. Ross, University of Virginia).
11. The Dialect of New Negro Literature (Gene Andrew Jarrett, Boston University).
12. African American Literary Realism, 1865–1914 (Andreá N. Williams, Ohio State University).
13. Folklore and African American Literature in the Post-Reconstruction Era (Shirley Moody Turner, Penn State University).
14. The Harlem Renaissance: The New Negro at Home and Abroad (Michelle Ann Stephens, Colgate University).
15. Transatlantic Collaborations: Visual Culture in African American Literature (Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin–Madison).
16. Aesthetic Hygiene: Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Work of Art (Mark Christian Thompson, Johns Hopkins University).
17. African American Modernism and State Surveillance (William J. Maxwell, Washington University, St Louis).
Part III: Reforming the Canon, Tradition, and Criticism of African American Literature: The Contemporary Period, c.1940–Present.
18. The Chicago Renaissance (Michelle Yvonne Gordon, University of Southern California–Los Angeles).
19. Jazz and African American Literature (Keith D. Leonard, American University, Washington DC).
20. The Black Arts Movement (James Edward Smethurst, University of Massachusetts Amherst).
21. Humor in African American Literature (Glenda R. Carpio, Harvard University).
22. Neo-Slave Narratives (Madhu Dubey, University of Illinois–Chicago).
23. Popular Black Women’s Fiction and the Novels of Terry McMillan (Robin V. Smiles, University of Maryland).
24. African American Science Fiction (Jeffrey Allen Tucker, University of Rochester).
25. Latino/a Literature and the African Diaspora (Theresa Delgadillo, Ohio State University).
26. African American Literature and Queer Studies: The Conundrum of James Baldwin (Guy Mark Foster, Bowdoin College).
27. African American Literature and Psychoanalysis (Arlene R. Keizer, University of California–Irvine).
“Presenting a comprehensive overview of the ﬁeld from the th cen-tury to the present, A Companion to African American Literature, ed. Gene Andrew Jarrett (Wiley-Blackwell), provides readers with a fairly comprehensive overview of one of America’s richest literary traditions.” (American Literary Scholarship, 2012)"This book does, indeed, present a challenge to traditional African American studies, and will be a valuable resource for libraries catering for US literary, cultural and historical studies." (Reference Reviews, February 2011) “A master archivist and historian of African American literature, Gene Jarrett has assembled a compelling new collection of essays for this necessary addition to the study of African American writing and thought. The volume offers a comprehensive survey of the African American canon, but also goes in new directions, giving fresh emphasis to the earliest writing of African Americans as well as to the exciting field of Latino/-a writing in the African Diaspora. This is a field-defining collection.”
— Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
“A Companion to African American Literature is a pathbreaking collection that will revolutionize the study of African American literature and literary culture. Written by leading established and emerging scholars in the field, the essays both provide a comprehensive overview of African American literary trends and preoccupations and challenge our conventional understanding of racial and national identities, literary genres, and intertextual influences. Accessible yet scholarly, this volume will be of enormous value to scholars, students, and general readers.”
—Valerie Smith, Princeton University