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A Companion to African-American Studies

A Companion to African-American Studies

Jane Anna Gordon (Editor), Lewis Gordon (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15466-6

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

704 pages

$183.99

Description

A Companion to African-American Studies is an exciting and comprehensive re-appraisal of the history and future of African American studies.
  • Contains original essays by expert contributors in the field of African-American Studies
  • Creates a groundbreaking re-appraisal of the history and future of the field
  • Includes a series of reflections from those who established African American Studies as a bona fide academic discipline
  • Captures the dynamic interaction of African American Studies with other fields of inquiry.
Notes on Contributors.

Preface and Acknowledgments.

Note on the Text.

Introduction: On Working through a Most Difficult Terrain. (Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon).

Part I: Stones That Former Builders Refused.

1. On My First Acquaintance with Black Studies: A Yale Story. (Houston Baker, Jr.).

2. Sustaining Africology: On the Creation and Development of a Discipline. (Molefi Kete Asante).

3. Dreams, Nightmares, and Realities: Afro-American Studies at Brown University, 1969-1986. (Rhett Jones).

4. Black Studies in the Whirlwind: A Retrospective View. (Charlotte Morgan-Cato).

5. From the Birth to a Mature Afro-American Studies at Harvard, 1969-2002. (Martin Kilson).

6. Black Studies and Ethnic Studies: The Crucible of Knowledge and Social Action. (Johnnella E. Butler).

7. A Debate on Activism in Black Studies.

(Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Manning Marable).

8. Singing the Challenges: The Arts and Humanities as Collaborative Sites in African American Studies. (Herman Beavers).

9. On How We Mistook the Map for the Territory, and Re-Imprisoned Ourselves in Our Unbearable Wrongness of Being, of Desêtre: Black Studies Toward the Human Project. (Sylvia Wynter).

10. The New Auction Block: Blackness and the Marketplace. (Hazel V. Carby).

11. Black Studies, Black Professors, and the Struggles of Perception. (Nell Irvin Painter).

12. Autobiography of an Ex-White Man. (Robert Paul Wolff).

Part II: Such Fertile Fields. . ..

A The Blues Are Brewing . . . for a Humanistic Humanism.

13. Homage to Mistress Wheatley . (Rowan Ricardo Phillips).

14. Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child: Placing the Humanities at the Core of Black Studies. (Joyce Ann Joyce).

15. Jazz Consciousness. (Paul Austerlitz).

B What Does It Mean to Be a Problem?.

16. Afro-American Studies and the Rise of African-American Philosophy. (Paget Henry).

17. Sociology and the African Diaspora Experience . (Tukufu Zuberi).

18. Suicide in Black and White: Theories and Statistics. (Alvin Poussaint and Amy Alexander).

19. Some Reflections on Challenges Posed to Social-Scientific Method by the Study of Race. (Jane Anna Gordon).

20. African-American Queer Studies . (David Ross Fryer).

21. Black Studies, Race, and Critical Race Theory: A Narrative Deconstruction of Law . (Clevis Headley).

C Having Hitherto Interpreted the World, the Point is to Change It.

22. Unthinkable History?: Some Reflections on the Haitian Revolution, Historiography, and Modernity on the Periphery. (Sibylle Fischer).

23. Historical Consciousness in the Relation of African-American Studies to Modernity. (Stefan M. Wheelock).

24. An Emerging Mosaic: Rewriting Postwar African-American History. (Peniel E. Joseph).

25. Reflections on African-American Political Thought: The Many Rivers of Freedom. (B. Anthony Bogues).

26. Politics of Knowledge: Black Policy Professionals in the Managerial Age. (Floyd Hayes, III).

D Not by Bread Alone.

27. From the Nile to the Niger: The Evolution of African Spiritual Concepts. (Charles Finch, III).

28. Three Rival Narratives of Black Religion. (William D. Hart).

29. Babel in the North: Black Migration, Moral Community, and the Ethics of Racial Authenticity. (Eddie S. Glaude, Jr).

30. Orienting Afro-American Judaism: A Critique of White Normativity in Literature on Black Jews in America. (Walter Isaac).

Part III: Creolization and the Geography of Reason.

31. Playing with the Dark: The Deployment of Blackness and Brownness in the Africana and Latino Literary Imaginations. (Claudia M. Milian Arias).

32. Africana Studies: The International Context and Boundaries. (Anani Dzidzienyo).

33. Africana Thought and African-Diasporic Studies. (Lewis R. Gordon).

Works Cited.

Index.

“An excellent … resource … edited with an excellent introduction by Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon, which includes articles by a wide range of scholars that document the development of black studies in the United States and outline the trajectories of the field in all its multi-genre richness.” (Year's Work in English Studies, November 2008)

  • Contains original essays by expert contributors in the field of African-American Studies
  • Creates a groundbreaking re-appraisal of the history and future of the field
  • Includes a series of reflections from those who established African American Studies as a bona fide academic discipline
  • Captures the dynamic interaction of African American Studies with other fields of inquiry.