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Icons of African American Literature: The Black Literary World (Greenwood Icons)by Yolanda Williams Page
Synopses & Reviews
Icons of African American Literature: The Black Literary World examines 24 of the most popular and culturally significant topics within African American literature's long and immensely fascinating history. Each piece provide substantial, in-depth information—much more than a typical encyclopedia entry—while remaining accessible and appealing to general and younger readers.
Arranged alphabetically, the entries cover such writers as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and August Wilson; major works, such as Invisible Man, Native Son, and Their Eyes Were Watching God; and a range of cultural topics, including the black arts movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the jazz aesthetic. Written by expert contributors, the essays discuss the enduring significance of these topics in American history and popular culture. Each entry also provides sidebars that highlight interesting information and suggestions for further reading.
Book News Annotation:
This reference for general readers and students collects 24 in-depth yet accessible entries on 12 major figures and 12 major themes, works, genres, and literary movements of African American literature. Entries are written in chapter format and vary in length from 5,000 to 10,000 words, and each entry opens with a b&w photo. In addition to the bibliographies and lists of further reading in all entries, many entries also offer lists of films, videos, and audio recordings. Authors profiled include Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Langston Hughes. Works examined include Invisible Man, Native Son, and A Raisin in the Sun. Other entry topics are the jazz aesthetic, the slave narrative, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Arts Movement. Page teaches English at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Supports the literature curriculum by providing detailed information about African American writers and their cultural milieu
• Supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about the enduring societal contributions of African Americans
• Includes a mix of topical and biographical entries
• Helps students respect cultural diversity
. 24 alphabetically arranged entries offer substantial but not overwhelming amounts of information
. Entries cover authors and cultural topics
. Sidebars give readers snapshots of interesting and significant information
. Bibliographies direct users to the most helpful print and electronic resources available
24 substantial entries provide extensive coverage of some of the most notable figures related to African American literature.
The 24 entries in this book provide extensive coverage of some of the most notable figures in African American literature, such as Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.
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