1st Edition

Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture

By Marisa Parham Copyright 2009
    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    Looking at texts including Jean Toomer’s Cane, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, James Baldwin’s Another Country, and Beat poetry by Bob Kaufmann, in this original study, Parham describes the phenomena of haunting, displacement, and ghostliness as endemic to modern African American literature and culture. Not only does memory—conscious and unconscious, individual and collective—often drive African American cultural production, but such memory often arrives to artists from elsewhere, from other times, spaces, and experiences.

    List of Figures



    Introduction: Haunting and Displacement

    Chapter One: Like Water: Hughes, Cullen, Johnson

    Chapter Two: "Do You Love Me?": Another Country


    Chapter Three: Behind Carma and Rosie


    Chapter Four: Folded Sorrows in Kaufman and Toomer


    Chapter Five: Saying "Yes" in Kindred


    Chapter Six: Winding Sheets: Petry and Wright

    Coda: Future Expectations


    Selected Bibliography



    Marisa Parham is Assistant Professor of English at Amherst College and her articles have appeared in Callaloo and ELH.