Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines
Edited by L.H. Stallings and Greg Thomas
Format: Paperback, 250 pages
Imprint: Black Classic Press
Publisher: Black Classic Press
Parent Company: Black Classic Press
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Taking the street as its model, Word Hustle is an appraisal of Donald Goines’s legacy as well as an examination of a tradition and a model of writing. More than a collection of essays, it is a study whose contributors seek to make room for new models for studying Black literature and culture.
Word Hustle is the first scholarly treatment of fiction writer Donald Goines, and thereby the first serious consideration of what has been termed “street literature,” “ghetto literature,” “street fiction,” or “urban fiction.” By examining Goines, one of street literature’s most prolific founders, this collection seeks to begin a legitimate study of the genre and its authors. In illuminating the layers of Goines’s novels, the contributors engage topics such as Black Power politics, revolutionary violence, domesticity and fatherhood, revisions of the mulatto trope, rape and racialized sexuality, and the prison industrial complex.
"This blazingly original and brilliantly argued collection of essays may force us to redefine not only African American literary history bu also large areas of modern American cultural history."-H. Bruce Franklin
"L.H. Stallings and Greg Thomas have produced a crucial study that avoids translating the "raw" power of street literature into a "cooked" academic discourse. This anthology uncovers Donald Goines’s Pan Africanism, class critique, neo-slave narratives, and his deep connection with Hip Hop aesthetics."-Natalie Margo Crawford
ISBN 978-1-58073-046-4, 2011, 218 pp. Paper.