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