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Born in a Mighty Bad Land: The Violent Man in African American Folklore and Fiction (Blacks in the Diaspora)

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The figure of the violent man in the African American imagination has a long history. He can be found in 19th-century bad man ballads like "Stagolee" and "John Hardy," as well as in the black convict recitations that influenced "gangsta" rap. "Born in a Mighty Bad Land" connects this figure with similar characters in African American fiction. Many writers--McKay and Hurston in the Harlem Renaissance; Wright, Baldwin, and Ellison in the '40s and '50s; Himes in the '50s and '60s--saw the "bad nigger" as an archetypal figure in the black imagination and psyche. "Blaxploitation" novels in the '70s made him a virtually mythical character. More recently, Mosley, Wideman, and Morrison have presented him as ghetto philosopher and cultural adventurer. Behind the folklore and fiction, many theories have been proposed to explain the source of the bad man's intra-racial violence. Jerry H. Bryant explores all of these elements in a wide-ranging and illuminating look at one of the most misunderstood figures in African American culture.

Synopsis:

A wide-ranging and illuminating look at one of the most misunderstood figures in African American story and song.

About the Author

Jerry H. Bryant is Emeritus Professor of English at California State University.

Table of Contents

The classic badman and the ballad — Postbellum violence and its causes : "displaced rage" in a preindustrial culture — Between the wars : the genteel novel, counterstereotypes, and initial probes — From the genteel to the primitive : the twenties and thirties — The ghetto bildungsroman : from the forties to the seventies — Toasts : tales of the "bad nigger" — Chester Himes : Harlem absurd — A "toast" novel : pimps, hoodlums, and hit men — Walter Mosley and the violent men of Watts — Rap : going commercial — The badman and the storyteller : John Edgar Wideman's homewood trilogy — Toni Morrison : Ulysses, badmen, and archetypes--abandoning violence — Appendix : Analysis of thirty prototype ballads.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253215789
Editor:
Hine, Darlene Clark
Editor:
McCluskey, John
Editor:
Hine, Darlene Clark
Editor:
McCluskey, John
Author:
McCluskey, John
Author:
Clegg, Claude A.
Author:
Bryant, Jerry H.
Author:
Barry, David
Author:
Hine, Darlene Clark
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Men
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Men in literature
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Violence in literature
Subject:
Literature and folklore
Subject:
African American men in literature
Subject:
Men's Studies - General
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
African American; African American Studies; Folklore and Myth; Gender; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies; Social and Cultural Theory
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora
Series Volume:
107-445
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 bibliog., 1 index
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.08 x 0.53 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Mens Studies
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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