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Sweet Home

Invisible Cities in the Afro-American Novel

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Sweet Home by Charles Scruggs
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In this groundbreaking book Charles Scruggs identifies the black urban experience as a driving force behind the twentieth-century Afro-American novel, resulting in a rich fictional tradition that runs from Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods through Toni Morrison's Beloved. Scruggs begins by discussing the treatment of the Great Migration to the city in Afro-American writing from W. E. B. DuBois and Dunbar through the Harlem writers, establishing both the continuities and breaks between that tradition and that of the writers coming after the Depression. He then considers how four post-Harlem Renaissance novelists-Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison-conceive of the modern city. Scruggs shows how these four writers see the Afro-American's relationship to elite, popular, and mass forms of culture in city life. He also explores the ways in which their writing presents "alternative spaces" that exist alongside of, and often counter to, the visible configurations of the dominant culture.

Author Biography

Charles Scruggs is professor of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of The Sage in Harlem: H. L. Mencken and the Black Writers of the 1920s.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 1995
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
No
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
152x229x17
ISBN-13
9780801851278
Product ID
1825334

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