Critical Companion to Toni Morrison

A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work

Author: Carmen Gillespie

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108575

Category: Electronic books

Page: 497

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Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, is perhaps the most important living American author. This work examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her work and themes, as well as entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences.

Postwar America

A Student Companion

Author: Harvard Sitkoff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195103009

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 292

View: 9912


An encyclopedia of American history presents articles on people, events, legal cases, social groups and movements, political and social concepts, cultural happenings, and other aspects of life in the United States after World War II.

The New Black Sociologists

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Author: Marcus A. Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429018053

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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The New Black Sociologists follows in the footsteps of 1974’s pioneering text Black Sociologists: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, by tracing the organization of its forbearer in key thematic ways. This new collection of essays revisit the legacies of significant Black scholars including James E. Blackwell, William Julius Wilson, Joyce Ladner, and Mary Pattillo, but also extends coverage to include overlooked figures like Audre Lorde, Ida B. Wells, James Baldwin and August Wilson - whose lives and work have inspired new generations of Black sociologists on contemporary issues of racial segregation, feminism, religiosity, class, inequality and urban studies.

I Am Not Your Negro

A Docalogue

Author: Jaimie Baron,Kristen Fuhs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429603266

Category: Social Science

Page: 100

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As the inaugural volume in the Docalogue series, this book models a new form for the discussion of documentary film. James Baldwin’s writing is intensely relevant to contemporary politics and culture, and Peck’s strategies for representing him and conveying his work in I Am Not Your Negro (2016) raise important questions about how documentary can bring the work of a complex thinker like Baldwin to a broader public. By combining five distinct perspectives on a single documentary film, this book offers different critical approaches to the same media object, acting both as an intensive scholarly treatment of a film and as a guide for how to analyze, theorize, and contextualize a documentary. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as scholars of film and media studies, communication studies, African American studies, and gender and sexuality studies will find this book extremely useful in understanding the significance of this film and the ways in which it offers insight into not only Baldwin and his writings but also wider historical and contemporary realities.

Utopia Limited

The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern

Author: Marianne DeKoven

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822385457

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Utopia Limited is an original, engaging account of how postmodernism emerged from the political and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Marianne DeKoven argues that aspects of sixties radical politics and culture simultaneously embodied the full, final flowering of the modern and the beginning of the postmodern. Analyzing classic sixties texts, DeKoven shows where the utopian master narratives underlying the radical and countercultural movements gave way to the “utopia limited” of the postmodern as a range of competing political values and desires came to the fore. She identifies the pivots where the modern was superseded by the nascent postmodern: where modern mass culture was replaced by postmodern popular culture, modern egalitarianism morphed into postmodern populism, and modern individualism fragmented into postmodern politics and cultures of subjectivity. DeKoven rigorously analyzes a broad array of cultural and political texts important in the sixties—from popular favorites such as William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch to political manifestoes including The Port Huron Statement, the founding document of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). She examines texts that overtly discuss the conflict in Vietnam, Black Power, and second-wave feminism—including Frances FitzGerald’s Fire in the Lake, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex; experimental pieces such as The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now; influential philosophical works including Roland Barthes’s Mythologies and Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man; and explorations of Las Vegas, the prime location of postmodernity. Providing extensive annotated bibliographies on both the sixties and postmodernism, Utopia Limited is an invaluable resource for understanding the impact of that tumultuous decade on the present.

Collected Essays

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Library of America James Baldwin Edition


Category: HISTORY

Page: 869

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A comprehensive compilation of Baldwin's previously published, nonfiction writings encompasses essays on America's racial divide, the social and political turbulence of his time, and his insights into the poetry of Langston Hughes and the music of Earl Hines.

The Fire Next Time

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140182756

Category: Fiction

Page: 89

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Since it was first published, this famous study of the Black Problem in America has become a classic. Powerful, haunting and prophetic, it sounds a clarion warning to the world.

Ulysses in Black

Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature

Author: Patrice D. Rankine

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

View: 3353


Demonstrates that, similar to their white counterparts, African American authors - including Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Countee Cullen - have been students of classical languages, literature, and mythologies by such writers as Homer, Euripides, and Seneca. This study of black classicism becomes an exploration of America's cultural integrity.