Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present

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Angelyn Mitchell
Duke University Press, 1994 - 532 стор.
Within the Circle is the first anthology to present the entire spectrum of twentieth-century African American literary and cultural criticism. It begins with the Harlem Renaissance, continues through civil rights, the Black Arts Movement, and on into contemporary debates of poststructuralist and black feminist theory. Drawing on a quote from Frederick Douglass for the title of this book, Angelyn Mitchell explains in her introduction the importance for those "within the circle" of African American literature to examine their own works and to engage this critical canon.
The essays in this collection—many of which are not widely available today—either initiated or gave critical definition to specific periods or movements of African American literature. They address issues such as integration, separatism, political action, black nationalism, Afrocentricity, black feminism, as well as the role of art, the artist, the critic, and the audience. With selections from Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Barbara Smith, Alice Walker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and many others, this definitive collection provides a dynamic model of the cultural, ideological, historical, and aesthetic considerations in African American literature and literary criticism.
A major contribution to the study of African American literature, this volume will serve as a foundation for future work by students and scholars. Its importance will be recognized by all those interested in modern literary theory as well as general readers concerned with the African American experience.

Selections by (partial list): Houston A. Baker, Jr., James Baldwin, Sterling Brown, Barbara Christian, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, LeRoi Jones, Sarah Webster Fabio, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. Lawrence Hogue, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Deborah E. McDowell, Toni Morrison, J. Saunders Redding, George Schuyler, Barbara Smith, Valerie Smith, Hortense J. Spillers, Robert B. Stepto, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, Mary Helen Washington, Richard Wright

 

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The Harlem Renaissance
1
The New Negro Alain Locke
21
The Negro in American Literature William Stanley Braithwaite
32
The Gift of Laughter Jessie Fauset
45
The NegroArt Hokum George S Schuyler
51
Criteria of Negro Art W E B DuBois
60
Our Literary Audience Sterling A Brown
69
Characteristics of Negro Expression Zora Neale Hurston
79
Black Poetry of the Sixties After LeRoi Jones
213
Tripping with Black Writing Sarah Webster Fabio
224
Structuralism PostStructuralism and the African American Critic
233
Narration Authentication and Authorial
256
Generational Shifts and the Recent Criticism of AfroAmerican Literature
282
A Silence in AfroAmerican Critical Practice
329
The Race for Theory Barbara Christian
348
Theory and AfroAmerican Literary Criticism
360

Blueprint for Negro Writing Richard Wright
97
American Negro Literature J Saunders Redding
107
What White Publishers Wont Print Zora Neale Hurston
117
TwentiethCentury Fiction and the Black Mask of Humanity
134
Everybodys Protest Novel James Baldwin
149
Integration and Race Literature Arthur P Davis
156
The Myth of a Negro Literature LeRoi Jones Amiri Baraka
165
Reflections on a Course
172
The Black Arts Movement Larry Neal
184
Towards a Black Aesthetic Hoyt W Fuller
199
Black Literature and the White Aesthetic
207
The AfroAmerican Presence in American
368
W Gender Theory and African American Feminist Criticism
399
In Search of Our Mothers Gardens Alice Walker
410
New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism Deborah E McDowell
428
Notes Toward a Literary History of Black
442
An American Grammar Book
454
Gender and AfroAmericanist Literary Theory and Criticism
482
The State of Black
499
Some Implications of Womanist Theory Sherley Anne Williams
515
About the Critics
528
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Angelyn Mitchell is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University.

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