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Frederick Douglass: Freedom’s Voice, 1818-1845. – Review

Frederick Douglass: Freedom’s Voice, 1818-1845. – Review – book review Leslie R. Miller Gregory P. Lampe. Frederick Douglass: Freedom’s Voice, 1818-1845. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 1998. 350 pp. $45.00 cloth/$22.95 paper. Frederick Douglass: Freedom’s Voice, 1818-1845, is an ambitious first manuscript by Gregory P. Lampe–ambitious not for its sweeping narrative, but for its revisionist […]

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lyrical approaches to lynching by Hughes, Du Bois, and Toomer

“Like a violin for the wind to play”: lyrical approaches to lynching by Hughes, Du Bois, and Toomer Kimberly Banks Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Jean Toomer experiment stylistically in their representations of lynching. The event of lynching can be understood both as an act existing within a symbolic system created by […]

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aesthetics, religion and the architectural qualities of jazz

The beauty of building, dwelling and Monk: aesthetics, religion and the architectural qualities of jazz Stephan Richter Miles away, on Bald Mountain, in the midst of Surrogate Acres, beneath an uninsulated roof which creaked slightly now and then under the growing snow load of a winter storm, Mr. Blandings smiled uneasily in his sleep. He […]

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History, myth, and revolt in Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Les Blancs.’

History, myth, and revolt in Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Les Blancs.’ – drama by African American woman author Philip Uko Effiong Lorraine Hansberry began drafting Les Blancs (The Whites) as early as 1960, soon after the publication of her remarkably successful A Raisin in the Sun (1959). But it was not until 1970 that Robert Nemiroff, her […]

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The New Colored People: The Mixed-Race Movement in America

The New Colored People: The Mixed-Race Movement in America – Review Katya Gibel Azoulay Jon Michael Spencer. New York: New York UP, 1997. 220 pp. $24.95. Reviewed by Katya Gibel Azoulay Grinnell College The New Colored People: The Mixed Race Movement in America is a political, often speculative, critique of “multiracialists” and their demand for […]

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William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography.

William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography. – book reviews B.A. Nugent Judith Anne Still, Michael J. Dabrishus, and Carolyn L. Quin. Westport: Greenwood P, 1996. 331 pp. $85.00. Reviewed by B. A. Nugent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The significance of American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978) has been gained and reaffirmed through decades of performances […]

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Iron City.

Iron City. – book reviews Maria Diedrich When Richard Wright’s Native Son was published in 1940, it was a success de scandal. Reviewers from all over the U.S. praised the novel for its aesthetic merits and its iconoclasm. However, those who could have been expected to be closest to Wright, reviewers from within the American […]

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Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life

Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life – Review Suggs, Jon-Christian. Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2000.401 pp.$67.50. The first two sentences of the preface state the project of this interesting work: “This book is interpretative and draws on law, history, and literature. […]

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MIA: African American autobiography of the Vietnam War

MIA: African American autobiography of the Vietnam War Jeff Loeb In a recent article in War, Literature, and the Arts, Perry D. Luckett took to task several critics writing for a special edition of Vietnam Generation that was dedicated to analyzing the representations of African Americans in the literature and popular culture of the war. […]

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August Wilson: A Casebook.

August Wilson: A Casebook. – book review Paul Carter Harrison Marilyn Elkins, ed. August Wilson: A Casebook. New York: Garland, 2000. 228 pp. $26.95. It would seem, following the success of his 1984 Broadway production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, that August Wilson’s declared assignation to write a cycle of ten plays around the twentieth-century […]