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Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic (Northeastern Library of Black Literature)by Trey Ellis
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Reprints Ellis's highly acclaimed playful, irreverent, and uproariously funny debut novel that has a black feminist fiction writer and a black male postmodern novelist creating dueling narratives about the coming of age of two sex-starved teenagers in New York City.
Trey Ellis's uproariously funny debut novel Platitudes, first published in 1988, takes on conflicts within the African American literary community. Dewayne Wellington, a failing black experimental novelist, and Isshee Ayam, a radical feminist author, collaborate on Dewayne's latest sexist comedy. Alternately telling the story about the coming of age of Earle and Dorothy-two black middle-class teenagers, sex-starved in New York City-the battling writers sneak ever, and dangerously, closer to reconciling their literary disputes.
This edition of Platitudes also includes The New Black Aesthetic, a groundbreaking essay by Ellis that appeared in the journal Callaloo.
A playful, irreverent look at the African-American literary community.
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