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Winner 2010 Outstanding Academic Title Choice

Winner 2010 EBSCOhost / Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize

Honorable Mention 2010 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, Western Literature Association

In January of 1861, on the eve of both the Civil War and the rebirth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Christian Recorder, John Mifflin Brown wrote to the paper praising its editor Elisha Weaver: "It takes our Western boys to lead off. I am

proud of your paper."

Weaver's story, though, like many of the contributions of early black literature outside of the urban Northeast, has almost vanished. Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature recovers the work of early African American authors and editors such as Weaver who have been left off maps drawn by historians and literary critics. Individual chapters restore to consideration black literary locations in antebellum St. Louis, antebellum Indiana, Reconstruction-era San Francisco, and several sites tied to the Philadelphia-based Recorder during and after the Civil War.

In conversation with both archival sources and contemporary scholarship, Unexpected Places calls for a large-scale rethinking of the nineteenth-century African American literary landscape. In addition to revisiting such better-known writers as William Wells Brown, Maria Stewart, and Hannah Crafts, Unexpected Places offers the first critical considerations of important figures including William Jay Greenly, Jennie Carter, Polly Wash, and Lizzie Hart. The book's discussion of physical locations leads naturally to careful study of how region is tied to genre, authorship, publication circumstances, the black press, domestic and nascent black nationalist ideologies, and black mobility in the nineteenth century.

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An argument for a major remapping of the early African American literary landscape

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Eric Gardner is professor and chair of the English department at Saginaw Valley State University. He is the editor of Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West (University Press of Mississippi).

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ISBN:
9781604732832
Author:
Gardner, Eric
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
er Gardner
Author:
ic
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
African American Studies; Literature
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series:
Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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