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1st Edition

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature

ISBN 9780415839655
Published February 19, 2016 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature considers the key literary, political, historical and intellectual contexts of African American literature from its origins to the present, and also provides students with an analysis of the most up-to-date literary trends and debates in African American literature. This accessible and engaging guide covers a variety of essential topics such as:

  • Vernacular, Oral, and Blues Traditions in Literature
  • Slave Narratives and Their Influence
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Mid-twentieth century black American Literature
  • Literature of the civil rights and Black Power era
  • Contemporary African American Writing
  • Key thematic and theoretical debates within the field

Examining the relationship between the literature and its historical and sociopolitical contexts, D. Quentin Miller covers key authors and works as well as less canonical writers and themes, including literature and music, female authors, intersectionality and transnational black writing.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Era of Slavery

3. Reconstruction through the 1910s

4. The Era of the Harlem Renaissance

5. Mid-Twentieth Century Literature

6. The 1960s and the Black Arts Movement

7. The Flourishing of Black Women Writers and the Return to Black History

8. Twenty-first Century Writing: A Time of Reckoning

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Quentin Miller is Professor of English at Suffolk University, USA.


'From Ellison to Everett, from Jacobs to Jay Z, D. Quentin Miller reflects on a remarkable range of writers in this refreshingly contemporary and innovative guide to African American literature. Navigating complex and contentious issues of form, genre, and tradition with an astonishing ease and clarity, this introduction is essential reading for students and a timely recap for scholars.' Janine Bradbury, York St. John University, UK