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Before Harlem : an anthology of African American literature from the long nineteenth century, edited by Ajuan Maria Mance

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Before Harlem : an anthology of African American literature from the long nineteenth century
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Before Harlem
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an anthology of African American literature from the long nineteenth century
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edited by Ajuan Maria Mance
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eng
Summary
  • "Despite important recovery and authentication efforts during the last twenty-five years, the vast majority of nineteenth-century African American writers and their work remain unknown to today's readers. Moreover, the most widely used anthologies of black writing have established a canon based largely on current interests and priorities. Seeking to establish a broader perspective, this collection brings together a wealth of autobiographical writings, fiction, poetry, speeches, sermons, essays, and journalism that better portrays the intellectual and cultural debates, social and political struggles, and community publications and institutions that nurtured black writers from the early 1800s to the eve of the Harlem Renaissance. As editor Ajuan Mance notes, previous collections have focused mainly on writing that found a significant audience among white readers. Consequently, authors whose work appeared in African American-owned publications for a primarily black audience--such as Solomon G. Brown, Henrietta Cordelia Ray, and T. Thomas Fortune--have faded from memory. Even figures as celebrated as Frederick Douglass and Paul Laurence Dunbar are today much better known for their "cross-racial" writings than for the larger bodies of work they produced for a mostly African American readership. There has also been a tendency in modern canon making, especially in the genre of autobiography, to stress antebellum writing rather than writings produced after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Similarly, religious writings--despite the centrality of the church in the everyday lives of black readers and the interconnectedness of black spiritual and intellectual life--have not received the emphasis they deserve. Filling those critical gaps with a selection of 143 works by 65 writers, Before Harlem presents as never before an in-depth picture of the literary, aesthetic, and intellectual landscape of nineteenth-century African America and will be a valuable resource for a new generation of readers."--
  • "This anthology presents underappreciated works by African Americans active throughout the nineteenth century. Readers will find familiar names in this anthology, such as Douglass, Wells Brown, Jacobs, and Du Bois, but readers will also be introduced to lesser known and even unknown African Americans worthy of discussion, such as Solomon G. Brown, H. Cordelia Ray, and T. Thomas Fortune. Mance's intention for this volume is to offer an alternative to the Norton and Houghton Mifflin anthologies that emphasize only the canonical works of African American literature in the 19th century and to introduce students--and even professors--to a variety of writings, from poetry to journalism, by African Americans who have yet to receive their due"--
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810.81
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index present
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non fiction
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Mance, Ajuan Maria
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • African Americans
  • African American poets
  • Slavery in literature
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Before Harlem : an anthology of African American literature from the long nineteenth century, edited by Ajuan Maria Mance
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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ocn910294514
Dimensions
23 cm
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First edition.
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xlviii, 704 pages
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9781621902027
Lccn
2015035900
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)910294514
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Before Harlem : an anthology of African American literature from the long nineteenth century, edited by Ajuan Maria Mance
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn910294514
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xlviii, 704 pages
Isbn
9781621902027
Lccn
2015035900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)910294514

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