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The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric

The Longue Duree of Black Voices, 1st Edition

Edited by Vershawn Ashanti Young, Michelle Bachelor Robinson

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Description

The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric is a comprehensive compendium of primary texts that is designed for use by students, teachers, and scholars of rhetoric and for the general public interested in the history of African American communication. The volume and its companion website include dialogues, creative works, essays, folklore, music, interviews, news stories, raps, videos, and speeches that are performed or written by African Americans. Both the book as a whole and the various selections in it speak directly to the artistic, cultural, economic, gendered, social, and political condition of African Americans from the enslavement period in America to the present, as well as to the Black Diaspora.

Table of Contents

Part I: African American Rhetoric—Definitions and Understanding

Introduction: African American Rhetoric: What It Be, What It Do

Volume Editors: Vershawn Ashanti Young and Michelle Bachelor Robinson

Section 1. African American Rhetorical theory

Edited by Vershawn Ashanti Young and Michelle Bachelor Robinson

Part II: The Blackest Hours—Origins and Histories of African American Rhetoric

Introduction: "Coming Out of the Dark": The Beginnings of African American Rhetoric

Edited and with an Introduction by Michelle Bachelor Robinson

Section 2. Nobody Knows Our Name: African Orature in the American Diaspora

Edited and with an Introduction by Kermit E. Campbell

Section 3. Religion and Spirituality/Transportations and Transformations of Spirituality and Identity in the New World

Edited and with an Introduction by Kameelah Martin and Elizabeth West

Section 4. Language, Literacy, and Education

Edited and with an Introduction by Valerie Kinloch and Donja Thomas

Section 5. Black Presence: African American Political Rhetoric

Edited and with an Introduction by Michelle Bachelor Robinson

Part III: Discourses On Black Bodies

Introduction: Genders and Sexualities

Vershawn Ashanti Young

Section 6. Race Women and Black Feminisms

Edited and with an Introduction by Joy James

Section 7. Motions of Manhood

Edited and with an Introduction by Vershawn Ashanti Young

Section 8. the Quare of Queer

Edited and with an Introduction by Jeffrey McCune

Part IV: The New Blackness: Multiple Cultures, Multiple Modes

Introductions:

Courageous Rhetoric: Caribbean Foundations, New Media, and Black Aesthetics

Vershawn Ashanti Young

Everyday Rhetoric: Rhetoric Everyday

Michelle Bachelor Robinson

Section 9. Caribbean Thought and Its Critique of Subjugation

Edited and with an Introduction by Aaron Kamugisha and Yanique Hume

Section 10. Black Technocultural Expressivity

Edited and with an Introduction by Dara N. Byrne

Section 11. Beat Rebels Corrupting Youth Against Babylon

Edited and with an Introduction by Greg Thomas

Section 12. Black Arts: Black Argument

Edited and with an Introduction by Michelle Bachelor Robinson

About the Editors

Vershawn Ashanti Young works in the following areas of Africana studies: language, gender, performance studies, and rhetoric. He is on faculty in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has published in such journals as PMLA, African American Review, College Communication and Composition, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Politics, and Society, and Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.

Michelle Bachelor Robinson is the director of the Comprehensive Writing Program and a professor of African American Rhetoric at Spelman College. Her research and teaching focus on community engagement, historiography, African American rhetoric and literacy, composition pedagogy and theory, and student and program assessment. She is actively involved in community research, oral history collection, and community writing and serves as a university partner and consultant for the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOC001000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOC041000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays

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