Contemporary African American Literature

The Living Canon

Edited by Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner

Contributions by Darryl Dickson-Carr, Eve Dunbar, Kristina Graaff, Carmen L. Phelps, James Braxton Peterson, LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Trudier Harris, Howard Rambsy, Dana A. Williams, Greg Carr, Alice Randall, David F. Green Jr., Mat Johnson, Evie Shockley, Pia Deas, Richard Schur, Maryemma Graham, Martha Southgate and Alexander Weheliye

Published by: Indiana University Press

384 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 3 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253006264
  • Published: August 2013


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253006257
  • Published: August 2013


  • eBook
  • 9780253006974
  • Published: August 2013


In this volume, Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner have compiled a collection of essays that offer access to some of the most innovative contemporary black fiction while addressing important issues in current African American literary studies. Distinguished scholars Houston Baker, Trudier Harris, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Maryemma Graham join writers and younger scholars to explore the work of Toni Morrison, Edward P. Jones, Trey Ellis, Paul Beatty, Mat Johnson, Kyle Baker, Danzy Senna, Nikki Turner, and many others. The collection is bracketed by a foreword by novelist and graphic artist Mat Johnson, one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary African American writers, and an afterword by Alice Randall, author of the controversial parody The Wind Done Gone. Together, King and Moody-Turner make the case that diversity, innovation, and canon expansion are essential to maintaining the vitality of African American literary studies.