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Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic

Houston A. Baker

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ISBN 10: 0299115003 / ISBN 13: 9780299115005
Published by Univ of Wisconsin Pr, 1988
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Title: Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem ...

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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This text juxtaposes two of the most fertile periods of African-American culture, the 1920s and 1960s. It includes essays on Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal and Hoyt Fuller, and traces Baker's own beginnings as a scholar of Victorian literature.


"For this student of black literature, the final impact of "Afro-American Poetics" is overwhelming. We now have the beginnings of a superstructure upon which to gauge individual pieces of black literature."--Eugene Kraft, Callaloo

"Baker explores in fine and splendid detail the dialectic between self and other, rhetoric and representation, "high" theory and the Black vernacular, to chart the evolution of Afro-American literary criticism since 1970."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

"Baker's is a fascinating portrait of the literary critic as blues artist, reconstructing the products of two amazingly fruitful decades of engagement with Afro-American expressive culture in illuminating autobiographical examinations of his own--and indeed, Afro-American criticism's--momentous changes over that period of time."--Michael Awkward, University of Michigan

Houston Baker on African American culture of the 1920s & 1960s

Houston Baker on African American culture of the 1920s & 1960s

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