The handbook of African American literature / Hazel Arnett Ervin. [electronic resource]
- Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2004.
1 online resource (xviii, 236 p. )
- American literature -- African American authors -- Encyclopedias.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- Encyclopedias.
African Americans in literature -- Encyclopedias.
- "This is the first comprehensive resource devoted to the analysis, interpretation, history, and appreciation of African American literature. It will be indispensable to students, scholars, and libraries at all levels." "The handbook features an A to Z compilation of 415 literary terms, ages, movements, periods, and cultural sources, all cross-referenced. Terms include techniques, genres, themes, forms, well-known phrases, modes of discourse, theoretical concepts, and diction from music and linguistics. Definitions provide substantive discussion and cite specific examples from the works of major critics and major and minor writers from the 1700s to the present. Up-to-date and relevant, the guide includes information from the colonial and reconstruction periods to the postmodern era and from cultural sources ranging from folk legends to hip-hop music." "Eight full-length essays, which serve as introductions to important aspects of literary theory and criticism, cover major terms--ambiguity, memory, signification, repetition, collective unconscious, representation, influence, and literary history. In addition to discussions of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement, the book describes the Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s to 1950s, the New Renaissance of the 1950s, and the new black aesthetics of the 1980s. Another feature of the book is a literary timeline, divided into sections for African, African American, and Anglophone Caribbean literature that illustrates what was written during the same years in different parts of the world. The book also lists awards and honors given to African American authors. Long overdue, Hazel Arnett Ervin's handbook fills a void in literary arts and letters, a tribute to the rich vernacular tradition that has evolved from African American oral and written expression."--Jacket.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-230) and index.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
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