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The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Vol. 2by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay
Synopses & Reviews
The second edition of this landmark anthology brings together the work of 120 writers in the most comprehensive collection of African American writing available. Representing over 250 years of writing in all genres, the second edition offers eleven major works in their entirety. Nine writers are newly included, among them Jupiter Hammon, Martin Delany, Caryl Phillips, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen. The anthology opens with a generous section of blues, spirituals, jazz, hip-hop, sermons, and speeches, many of which are brought to life on the expanded two-CD set, which includes vocal and instrumental pieces from ragtime to Motown, and twenty-four speeches, readings, and performances by powerful voices from Booker T. Washington to Rita Dove. With a general introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr., updated period introductions, head-notes, and bibliographies, "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Second Edition, reflects the latest scholarship in this vibrant and varied literary tradition.
Book News Annotation:
This anthology presents selections from African American literature beginning with the spirituals and folktales of the oral tradition and continuing through the writings of contemporary authors such as Jamaica Kincaid and Colson Whitehead. It features 11 complete longer works, including the and Amiri Baraka's Dutchman. Two audio CDs contain a variety of musical and spoken word performances.
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Organized chronologically, this anthology of African-American literature brings together the work of 123 writers from 1746 to the present. This second edition features a varied selection of genres and a wealth of vernacular forms.
Welcomed on publication as "brilliant, definitive, and a joy to teach from," was adopted at more than 1,275 colleges and universities worldwide. Now, the new Second Edition offers these highlights.
About the Author
Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Ph.D. Cambridge), General Editor, is W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University. He is the author of Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self; The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Criticism; Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars; Colored People: A Memoir; The Future of Race (with Cornel West); Wonders of the African World; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and The Trials of Phillis Wheatley; and editor of The African-American Century (with Cornel West); The Africana Encyclopedia (with Kwame Anthony Appiah); and The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Craft. Nellie Y. McKay (Ph.D. Harvard), General Editor, is Professor of American and Afro-American Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is associate editor of the African American Review; author of Jean Toomer—the Artist: A Study of His Literary Life and Work, 1894-1936; editor of Critical Essays on Toni Morrison; co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Beloved—A Casebook, and Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison.
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