The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
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.
The Norton Anthology of African American literature
This compilation is a definitive collection of chronologically organized writings from six periods of black history: slavery and freedom; Reconstruction; the Harlem Renaissance; Realism, Naturalism and Modernism; the Black Arts Movement; and the period since the 1970s. Sample formats include: letters, journals, poetry, short fiction, novels, autobiography, drama, and vernacular traditions (spirituals, jazz, hip-hop).
The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865
A scholarly work that explores early African American literature in historical context including oral traditions, politics, and cultural conventions.
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