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1st Edition

Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture

ISBN 9780415888585
Published January 6, 2011 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

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


Selected Bibliography


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