Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors since 1950 (Black Literature Criticism: Classic & Emerging Black Writers (3vol))

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Synopsis: Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Black Writers builds on the tradition established by the RUSA Award-Winning Black Literature Criticism (BLC), 1st Edition, published in 1992, and its Supplement, published in 1998. The new set is designed to stand alone or, for libraries that own the previous releases of BLC, to complement them with a wealth of new materials. BLC: Classic and Emerging Black Writers introduces students and other researchers to Black Literature's leading figures. Approximately one third of the set updates classic black authors originally covered in BLC, 1st Edition; the other two thirds of the set treat new and emerging authors not covered before. Overlap between this set and the original BLC is minimal, and all critical essays are new. Readers will find a wealth of background information as well as robust full-text criticism for each author, including biographical sketches, critical reception of works, explanatory notes and further readings. With approximately 75 entries, averaging 12,000 words in length, this set is designed to meet the needs of university students, upper high school students, general readers, and teachers.

From School Library Journal: This set aims to demonstrate the considerable impact of African American writers on the U.S. literary landscape in the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. Edited by a board of scholars led by Howard Dodson (director, Schomberg Ctr. for Research in Black Culture, NYPL), this second edition complements Gale Cengage's Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors Over the Past 200 Years (1992); a one-volume supplement was published in 1999. Similar to previous editions, this work focuses on African American literary figures, though the entries include a select group of African, Caribbean, and European writers from the African Diaspora. An introduction, a biography, major works, critical reception, principal works, criticism, and titles for further reading make up each entry. Selected critical essays found under critical reception indicate the critic's name and publication and give the work intellectual heft. Unfortunately, the entries' introductions, biographical information, and critical reception are unsigned. Included among the 88 entries in this edition are members of the black literary pantheon, e.g., Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, and Alice Walker, as well as lesser-known figures such as Tina McElroy Ansa and Henry Dumas. The inclusion of authors born since the 1950s, e.g., Fred D'Aguiar, Edwidge Danticat, and Randall Kenan, further adds currency and legitimizes the work's "emerging authors" component. Approximately 40 percent of the 2008 publication was selected for updating from the first edition and supplement. Those who have read the latest edition without cross-referencing earlier versions should not assume that classic authors from earlier editions have passed away and are, therefore, not included for that reason. Luckily, the work has a useful cumulative author, nationality, and title index in the 2008 edition that allows the reader to cross-index and cross-reference. BOTTOM LINE For its specialized nature, its prose, and its cost, this scholarly work is highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries, even those repositories that have the first edition. Librarians who wish for a more inclusive, condensed, and traditional treatment may also consider Critical Essays on American Literature Series: African-American Literary Criticism, 1773–2000 (Twayne Pub., 1999). [Available in ebook format through Gale Virtual Reference Library; ISBN 978-1-4144-3174-1; ebook pricing depends on account type and population served.]—Kam W. Teo, Weyburn P.L., Sask.
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