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Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th-Century American Poetry (Modern and Contemporary Poetics)

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This broad overview by an established poet and cultural critic reveals the rich tapestry of African American poetry as it has emerged over the past century.

 

From early 20th-century writings to present-day poetry slams, African American poetry exhibits an impressive range of style and substance. Lorenzo Thomas has written an important new history of the genre that offers a critical reassessment of its development in the 20th century within the contexts of modernism and the troubled racial history of the United States.

Basing his study on literary history, cultural criticism, and close readings, Thomas revives and appraises the writings of a number of this century's most important African American poets, including Margaret Walker, Amiri Baraka, Askia M. Toure, Harryette Mullen, and Kalamu ya Salaam. Thomas analyzes the work of Fenton Johnson within the context of emerging race consciousness in Chicago, contributes to critical appraisals of William Stanley Braithwaite and Melvin B. Tolson, and examines the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout the book, Thomas demonstrates the continuity within the Afrocentric tradition while acknowledging the wide range of stylistic approaches and ideological stances that the tradition embraces.

 

By reassessing the African American poetry tradition, Thomas effectively reassesses the history of all 20th-century American literature by exploring avenues of debate that have not yet received sufficient attention. Written with intelligence and humor, his book is itself an extraordinary measure that reflects years of scholarship and opens up African American poetry to a wider audience.

 

 

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This broad overview by an established poet and cultural critic reveals the rich tapestry of African American poetry as it has emerged over the past century.

 

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Cultural Writing. African American Studies. New to SPD. This broad overview by an established poet and cultural critic reveals the rich tapestry of African American poetry as it has emerged over the past century. Written with intelligence and humor, this book is itself an extraordinary measure that reflects years of scholarship and opens up African American poetry to a wider audience.

About the Author

Lorenzo Thomas is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817310158
Author:
Thomas, Lorenzo
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Location:
Tuscaloosa
Subject:
General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
Modernism
Subject:
Modernism (literature)
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
American poetry - African American authors
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Modern & Contemporary Poetics
Series Volume:
no. 97-566
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This broad overview by an established poet and cultural critic reveals the rich tapestry of African American poetry as it has emerged over the past century.

 

"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. African American Studies. New to SPD. This broad overview by an established poet and cultural critic reveals the rich tapestry of African American poetry as it has emerged over the past century. Written with intelligence and humor, this book is itself an extraordinary measure that reflects years of scholarship and opens up African American poetry to a wider audience.
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