9780393977783

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature

ISBN 10: 0393977781 / 0-393-97778-1
ISBN 13: 9780393977783
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication Date: 2004

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Synopsis:
Welcomed on publication as "brilliant, definitive, and a joy to teach from," (Russ Castronovo, University of Miami) The Norton Anthology of African American Literature was adopted at more than 1,275 colleges and universities worldwide. Now, the new Second Edition offers these highlights:
Nine new writers
The Second Edition includes nine new writers spanning three centuries: Jupiter Hammon, Venture Smith, Martin Delany, Elizabeth Keckley, Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen.
Strengthened Vernacular Tradition
Building on the editors' view that vernacular expression lives in performance, the original Audio Companion CD has been expanded to a two-CD set; Disc 1, Music, includes vocal and instrumental pieces-from ragtime to Motown. Disc 2, Spoken Word, offers 24 speeches, readings, and performances, from Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois to Amiri Baraka and Rita Dove.
11 complete longer works
Venture Smith, A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa: But Resident Above Sixty Years in the United States of America (new); Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Nella Larsen, Quicksand (new); Richard Wright, The Man Who Lived Underground; Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha; Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; Amiri Baraka, Dutchman; Ed Bullins, Goin'a Buffalo: A Tragifantasy; Adrienne Kennedy, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White; August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (new).
Strengthened Apparatus and a More Readable Format

  • An extensive, new Selected General Bibliography
  • Revised—some entirely rewritten—period introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and updated author bibliographies
  • Updated timeline
  • A new trim size and bolder typeface for easier reading

Thoroughly Revised "Literature Since 1975"
Succeeding the late Barbara Christian, new editor Cheryl A. Wall has included 5 new writers-poet Harryette Mullen and fiction writers Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, and Colson Whitehead. In addition, Wall has rewritten the period introduction and many headnotes in their entirety and updated all apparatus.
Course Guide by Joycelyn A. Moody, University of Washington
Thoroughly revised, the Course Guide is now a more helpful resource. It provides a wealth of thematic approaches to teaching with The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, teaching suggestions for individual works, questions and research projects, bibliographic resources for all authors, and a special section on teaching the vernacular traditions. Throughout, the Guide suggests ways to integrate the content of the Audio Companion CDs with the printed texts.

Review:
"We are canon makers!....There is no more question of the legitimacy of this literature."

Cornel West

Review:
"...'The Norton Anthology' is a triumph and should accomplish its goal of securing a place of acceptance and respect in the academy for African American literature. Such a volume was a monumental undertaking and the editors are to be commended for having fulfilled the challenge of presenting in one book the remarkable literary journey of a people who were, a mere 130 years ago, only coming out of slavery."

Henry Louis Gates, New York Times, 12/12/1996

 

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