Contemporary African American Literature
The Living Canon
Published by: Indiana University Press
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.
Foreword Mat Johnson, University of HoustonAcknowledgmentsIntroduction Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner, Penn State UniversityI. Politics of Publishing, Pedagogy, and Readership1. The Point of Entanglement: Modernism, Diaspora, and Toni Morrison's Love Houston A. Baker, Jr., Vanderbilt University2. The Historical Burden that Only Oprah Can Bear: African American Satirists and the State of the Literature Darryl Dickson-Carr, Southern Methodist University3. Black is Gold: African American Literature, Literacy, and Pedagogical Legacies Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas 4. Hip Hop Fiction (feat. Women Writers); or, Other Things Hip Hop Music Has Taught Black Fiction Eve Dunbar, Vassar College 5. Street Literature and the Mode of Spectacular Writing: Popular Fiction between Sensationalism, Education, Politics and Entertainment Kristina Graaff, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University of BerlinII. Alternative Genealogies6. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slave: Visual Artistry as Agency in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery Evie Shockley, Rutgers University 7. Variations on the Theme: Black Family, Nationhood, Lesbianism and Sadomasochistic Desire in Marci Blackman's Po Man's Child Carmen Phelps, University of Toledo8. Bad-Brother-Man: Black Folk Figure Narratives in Comics James Braxton Peterson, Bucknell UniversityIII. Beyond Authenticity9. Sampling the Sonics of Sex (Funk) in Paul Beatty's Slumberland L. H. Stallings, Indiana University 10. Urkel No More? Black Geeks in Contemporary Black Literature Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern University 11. The Crisis of Authenticity in Contemporary African American Literature Richard Schur, Drury University 12. Someday We'll All Be Free: Contemporary Fiction and the Post-Oppression Narrative Martha Southgate, Brooklyn Novelist IV. Pedagogical Approaches and Implications 13. Untangling History, Dismantling Fear: Teaching Tayari Jones's Leaving Atlanta Trudier Harris, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emerita 14. Reading Kyle Baker's Nat Turner with a Group of Collegiate Black Men Howard Rambsy II, Southern Illinois University15. Toward the Theoretical Practice of Conceptual Liberation: Using An Africana Studies Approach to Reading African American Literary Texts Greg Carr, Howard University and Dana Williams, Howard University Afterword Alice Randall, Vanderbilt NovelistAnnotated Bibliography Pia Deas, Lincoln University and David Green, St. Johns UniversityIndex
A compelling collection of essays on the ongoing relevance of African American literature to our collective understanding of American history, society, and culture. Featuring a wide array of writers from all corners of the literary academy, the book will have national appeal and offer strategies for teaching African American literature in colleges and universities across the country.~Gene Jarrett, Boston University
[This book describes] a fruitful tension that brings scholars of major reputation together with newly emerging critics to explore the full range of literary activities that have flourished in the post-Civil Rights era. Notable are such popular influences as hip-hop music and Oprah Winfrey's Book Club . . .~AMERICAN LITERARY SCHOLARSHIP 2013