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a protocol for reading The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride

Biracial promise and the new South in Minnie’s Sacrifice: a protocol for reading The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride Leslie W. Lewis Frances E. W. Harper, like Julia C. Collins, serialized a novel in the late 1860s in the Christian Recorder, the newspaper published by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Besides its publishing […]

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Gloria Naylor’s revision of ‘The Tempest.’

“The only voice is your own”: Gloria Naylor’s revision of ‘The Tempest.’ Gary Storhoff In Gloria Naylor’s novel Mama Day, Reema’s boy comes from the university to conduct anthropological studies in Willow Springs, the novel’s mysterious setting. Attempting to preserve “cultural identities” against “hostile social and political parameters,” he frustrates Willow Springs’s residents, for he […]

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Quiet as it’s kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison.

Quiet as it’s kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison. – book review Martha J. Cutter J. Brooks Bouson. Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison. Albany: SUNY P, 2000. 276 pp. $21.95. In Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the […]

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Literary Legacies, Folklore Foundations: Selfhood and Cultural Tradition in Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century American Literature – Reviews

Literary Legacies, Folklore Foundations: Selfhood and Cultural Tradition in Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century American Literature – Reviews – Book Review Anand Prahlad Karen E. Beardslee. Literary Legacies, Folklore Foundations: Selfhood and Cultural Tradition in Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century American Literature. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2001. 202 pp. $27.00. Karen Beardslee’s Literary Legacies, Folklore Foundations […]

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“Some cord of kinship stronger and deeper than blood”: An Interview with John F. Callahan, Editor of Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth

“Some cord of kinship stronger and deeper than blood”: An Interview with John F. Callahan, Editor of Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth – Interview Christopher C. De Santis Over the decades since the publication of Invisible Man in 1952, anticipation in the literary community about Ralph Waldo Ellison’s second novel was fervent and continuous. Ellison dropped hints […]

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the politics of masculinity in ‘The Long Dream.’

Unmaking the male body: the politics of masculinity in ‘The Long Dream.’ Jeffrey Geiger Less than a quarter of the way into Richard Wright’s The Long Dream, readers are faced with the stark image of a lifeless body, and a passage which describes a man’s torture and castration for transgressing the cultural taboo of miscegenation. […]

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Patches of Fire: A Story of War and Redemption

Patches of Fire: A Story of War and Redemption – Review Jeff Loeb Albert French. New York: Anchor, 1997. 241 pp. $22.95 cloth/$12.95 paper. Reviewed by Jeff Loeb The Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City Without question, rapidly disappearing century’s most tumultuous era in race relations was the one now collectively referred to as the sixties. […]

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Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. – Review

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. – Review – book review Candice M. Jenkins Sheree R. Thomas, ed. Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora. New York: Warner-Aspect, 2000. 427 pp. $24.95. In his 1999 essay “Black to the Future,” which is reprinted in Sheree Thomas’s […]

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Ethnic Cultures in the 1920s in North America.

Ethnic Cultures in the 1920s in North America. – book reviews Daniel Walden The fourteen essays in this collection address issues of ethnicity in the fields of literature, history, politics, and anthropology. Drawn from a Franco-German Colloquium initiated at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in July 1991, this collection includes Heinz Ickstadt, “Transnational Democracy and Anglo-Saxondom”; […]

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“Ain’t But a Place”: An Anthology of African American Writings About St. Louis

“Ain’t But a Place”: An Anthology of African American Writings About St. Louis – Review Early, Gerald, ed. “Ain’t But a Place”: An Anthology of African American Writings About St. Louis. St. Louis: Missouri Historical P, 1998. 515 pp.$39.95 cloth/$24.95 paper. Compared to New York and Chicago, other centers of African American life and culture […]