1st Edition

The Art of the Black Essay

By Cheryl Butler Copyright 2003
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Art of the Black Essay unveils the power of the African American essay to bring about a meditative shift in the minds of readers, to catapult them beyond racial ideology - by immersing them in it - and to elicit in them, ultimately, democratic change. This title outlines the specific tools of the trade, literary techniques through which the democratization process works: the uncanny, meditative moment of transcendency. This title also describes a psychological journey experienced by the essayist him/herself. Essay writing or life-writing is the vehicle to release the pull of ideology - the root of the "hierarchy of race" idea. In this book, the author makes a clear distinction between race as biology and race as ideology in order to align race with the culture, values, traditions and art of a people. The Art of the Black Essay shows how African American essayists have transcended the pull of two cultural identities and achieved democratic change.

    I. Introduction

    II. W.E.B. DuBois: Ideology and the Hybridity of Intentionality

    III. James Baldwin: Voice of Prophesy

    IV. Alice Walker: Beyond Race to Creation

    V. Casting Stones, Dodging Bullets: Stanley Crouch & the Black Essay

    VI. Super-literacy: Transcendence & Beyond


    Cheryl Butler