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African American Writers and Classical Tradition

Cook, William W.; Tatum, James

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ISBN 10: 0226789969 / ISBN 13: 9780226789965
Published by University of Chicago Press, Chicago, (2010), 2010
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by co-authors to a fellow academic author. Very Good, internally clean, solid hard cover first printing in a complete Near Fine dust jacket. A light bump to the bottom of the spine has made a small tear in the cloth. The book is slightly cocked from leaning. #. Bookseller Inventory # 19432

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Title: African American Writers and Classical ...

Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, (2010)

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Constraints on freedom, education, and individual dignity have always been fundamental in determining who is able to write, when, and where. Considering the singular experience of the African American writer, William W. Cook and James Tatum here argue that African American literature did not develop apart from canonical Western literary traditions but instead grew out of those literatures, even as it adapted and transformed the cultural traditions and religions of Africa and the African diaspora along the way.Tracing the interaction between African American writers and the literatures of ancient Greece and Rome, from the time of slavery and its aftermath to the civil rights era and on into the present, the authors offer a sustained and lively discussion of the life and work of Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Rita Dove, among other highly acclaimed poets, novelists, and scholars. Assembling this brilliant and diverse group of African American writers at a moment when our understanding of classical literature is ripe for change, the authors paint an unforgettable portrait of our own reception of “classic” writing, especially as it was inflected by American racial politics.

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William W. Cook is professor emeritus of English and African and African American studies at Dartmouth. James Tatum is professor emeritus of classics at Dartmouth. They are both the authors of numerous previous volumes.

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