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The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay

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    Format: Hardcover, 2665 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780393040012
    Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
    Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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    Book Description:

    “ If Norton anthologies define the canon, then, with the publication of this volume, African American literature is now assured inclusion… With a star lineup of coeditors, each section is introduced and edited by leading scholars who provide thoughtful overviews and analyses. Any anthology fights against space limitation, and although this one omits some significant works by Zora Neale Hurston and includes nothing by Gayl Jones, it fortunately publishes many longer texts in their entirety—e.g., Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life, W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, Jean Toomer's Cane, Toni Morrison’s Sula, August Wilson’s Fences, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.”
    —D.J. Rosenthal, Choice

    All collections. Copyright 1983 The H.W. Wilson Company. All rights reserved.

    The Editors:

    Henry Louis Gates Jr
    General Editor
    W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, Harvard University
    University of Cambridge Ph.D.
    Nellie Y. McKay
    General Editor
    Professor of American and Afro-American Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Harvard Ph.D.
    William Andrews
    E. Maynard Adams Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D.
    Houston A. Baker Jr.
    Albert M Greenfield Professor of Human Relations, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania

    UCLA Ph.D.
    Barbara T. Christian
    Professor of African American Literature, University of California, Berkeley

    Columbia University Ph.D.
    Frances Smith Foster
    Professor of English and Women's Studies, Emory University

    University of California, San Diego Ph.D.
    Deborah E. McDowell
    Professor of English, University of Virginia

    Purdue University Ph.D.
    Robert G. O'Meally
    Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University

    Harvard Ph.D.
    Arnold Rampersad
    Wood Wilson Professor of Literature and Director of the Program in African-American Studies, Princeton University

    Harvard Ph.D.
    Hortense Spillers
    Professor of English, Cornell University

    Brandeis Ph.D.
    Richard Yarborough
    Associate Professor of English and Afro-American Studies, UCLA

    Stanford Ph.D.
     


    Book Description

    Welcomed on publication as "brilliant, definitive, and a joy to teach from," (Russ Castronovo, University of Miami) The Norton Anthology of African American Literature was adopted at more than 1,275 colleges and universities worldwide. Now, the new Second Edition offers these highlights:

    Nine new writers The Second Edition includes nine new writers spanning three centuries: Jupiter Hammon, Venture Smith, Martin Delany, Elizabeth Keckley, Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen.

    Strengthened Vernacular Tradition Building on the editors' view that vernacular expression lives in performance, the original Audio Companion CD has been expanded to a two-CD set; Disc 1, Music, includes vocal and instrumental pieces-from ragtime to Motown. Disc 2, Spoken Word, offers 24 speeches, readings, and performances, from Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois to Amiri Baraka and Rita Dove.

    11 complete longer works Venture Smith, A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa: But Resident Above Sixty Years in the United States of America (new); Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Nella Larsen, Quicksand (new); Richard Wright, The Man Who Lived Underground; Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha; Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; Amiri Baraka, Dutchman; Ed Bullins, Goin'a Buffalo: A Tragifantasy; Adrienne Kennedy, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White; August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (new).

    Strengthened Apparatus and a More Readable Format

    • An extensive, new Selected General Bibliography
    • Revised’some entirely rewritten period introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and updated author bibliographies
    • Updated timeline
    • A new trim size and bolder typeface for easier reading

    Thoroughly Revised "Literature Since 1975" Succeeding the late Barbara Christian, new editor Cheryl A. Wall has included 5 new writers-poet Harryette Mullen and fiction writers Gayl Jones, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, and Colson Whitehead. In addition, Wall has rewritten the period introduction and many headnotes in their entirety and updated all apparatus.

    Course Guide by Joycelyn A. Moody, University of Washington Thoroughly revised, the Course Guide is now a more helpful resource. It provides a wealth of thematic approaches to teaching with The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, teaching suggestions for individual works, questions and research projects, bibliographic resources for all authors, and a special section on teaching the vernacular traditions. Throughout, the Guide suggests ways to integrate the content of the Audio Companion CDs with the printed texts. —This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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