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African American Literature

Internet Sites

African American Literature Book Club
This website offers book reviews and information on African American writers as well as information on newly published titles. It also provides opportunities for online discussions.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Thirty-seven writers, from the obscure to the famous, are featured, and selected works are posted online in full; part of the Schomburg Collection at New York Public Library.
Literature and Life: The Givens Collection
This website uses materials from the Givens Collection at the University of Minnesota to explain the major cultural eras in African American History. It contains video clips of dramatic readings from important works of African American literature and video clips of professors interpreting those works, along with pictures and written descriptions.
Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress
The original typescripts of the plays of Zora Neale Hurston reproduced as scanned images by the Library of Congress. There are ten plays in all, including <i>The Mule-Bone</i>, written with Langston Hughes. Part of the American Memory Project.

Books

Making Callaloo

Making Callaloo  : 25 Years of Black Literature
   
Rowell, Charles Henry, ed

An anthology of fiction and poetry published in the literary journal <i>Callaloo</i> in the past quarter century, this book is a particularly good source for contemporary literature. It includes work from some familiar names like John Edgar Wideman and Ralph Ellison as well as from emerging talents.
Call Number: PS508 .N3 .M28 2002
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My Soul Has Grown Deep

My Soul Has Grown Deep  : Classics of Early African-American Literature
   
Wideman, John Edgar, ed

The classic work of twelve towering figures, from Phillis Wheatley and Jarena Lee to Paul Laurence Dunbar and W.E.B. DuBois are collected in this book, all with introductions from John Edgar Wideman. His selections were made with an eye to good stories, variety of setting, style, genre and range.
Call Number: PS508 .N3 .M92 2001
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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature 
   
Andrews, William L., Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, eds

Featuring 242 short biographies and 150 articles as well as cross references, this volume functions as an excellent overview of writers, writing, trends and characters in the field of African American literature.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 .C59 2001
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The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865

The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865 
   
Bruce, Dickson D.

A scholarly work that explores early African American literature in historical context including oral traditions, politics, and cultural conventions.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 .B78 2001
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Databases

African American Poetry, Twentieth Century
A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Features 10,000 poems by around 70 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.
Literature Resource Center
The Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Contained are Gale's most used literary databases, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography; over 30 full text periodical articles, and several of Gale's literature-related print sources, as well as the Scribner Writer Series and the Twayne Author series. These sources are combined into a single Internet searchable service, covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers; with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most studied authors.

maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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