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African American Literature


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 "The Mule Bone", written with Langston Hughes. Part of the American Memory Project.


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 Norton Anthology of African American literature

The Norton Anthology of African American literature  
Gates, Jr. , Henry Louis

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).
Call Number: PS508 .N3 N67 2014
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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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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.
Black Drama
Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, Black Drama from Alexander Street Press  includes plays and biographies, play bills, images, production notes, performance information and much more.

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

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