African American poetry is as old as America itself, yet this touchstone of American identity is often overlooked. In this critical history of African American poetry, from its origins in the transatlantic slave trade, to present day hip-hop, Lauri Ramey traces African American poetry from slave songs to today's award-winning poets. Covering a wide range of styles and forms, canonical figures like Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) are brought side by side with lesser known poets who explored diverse paths of bold originality. Calling for a revised and expanded canon, Ramey shows how some poems were suppressed while others were lauded, while also examining the role of music, women, innovation, and art as political action in African American poetry. Conceiving of a new canon reveals the influential role of African American poetry in defining and reflecting the United States at all points in the nation's history.Read more
- Presents the first critical history of the 400 year old genre of African American poetry
- Provides analyses of canonical African American poets, alongside some lesser known writers
- Establishes African American poetry as a defining contributing influence in American literature and culture
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- Date Published: March 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108653084
- contains: 8 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to a genre
2. The origins of African American poetry
3. Emancipation to modernism
4. The twentieth-century Renaissances
5. Contemporary African American poetry.
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