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The African American Male, Writing, and Difference
A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History
The African American Male, Writing, and Difference
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W. Lawrence Hogue - Author
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Hardcover - 306 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5693-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5693-4

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Paperback - 306 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5694-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5694-1

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Argues that African American literature must take into account the rich diversity of African American life and culture.

In this wide-ranging analysis, W. Lawrence Hogue argues that African American life and history is more diverse than even African American critics generally acknowledge. Focusing on literary representations of African American males in particular, Hogue examines works by James Weldon Johnson, William Melvin Kelley, Charles Wright, Nathan Heard, Clarence Major, James Earl Hardy, and Don Belton to see how they portray middle-class, Christian, subaltern, voodoo, urban, jazz/blues, postmodern, and gay African American cultures. Hogue shows that this polycentric perspective can move beyond a "racial uplift" approach to African American literature and history and help paint a clearer picture of the rich diversity of African American life and culture.

"Hogue's use of a polycentric approach presents refreshing insights into the study of African American literature in general, and provides a valuable expansion of African American literary history. Through his discussion of polycentrism, he demonstrates that African American literature speaks to a variety of experiences both inside and outside the discourse of race. This book is explosive, yet important. Hogue challenges several of the foundational narratives—religion, class, sexuality, and uplift—that inform the discourse on African American life and literature. This challenge is timely and valuable." — A. Yemisi Jimoh, author of Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction: Living in Paradox

W. Lawrence Hogue is Professor of English at the University of Houston. He is the author of Race, Modernity, Postmodernity: A Look at the History and the Literatures of People of Color Since the 1960s, also published by SUNY Press, and Discourse and the Other: The Production of the Afro-American Text.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Approaching African American Life, History, Literature, and Criticism Polycentrically

2. History, the White/Black Binary, and the Construction of the African American as Other

3. The White/Black Binary and the African American Sociopolitical Mission of Racial Uplift

4. Finding Freedom in Sameness: James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man

5. Disrupting the White/Black Binary: William Melvin Kelley's A Different Drummer

6. Exposing Limiting, Racialized Heterological Critical Sites: An Existential Reading of Charles Wright's The Messenger

7. The Blue Idiom Lifestyle, Counter-Hegemony, and Clarence Major's Dirty Bird Blues

8. Naming the Subaltern: The Swinging Life and Nathan Heard's Howard Street

9. Identity Politics, Sexual Fluidity, and James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues

10. Voodoo, A Different African American Experience, and Don Belton's Almost Midnight

11. Conclusion

Notes

Works Cited

Index



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