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Being & Race: Black Writing since 1970.

Johnson, Charles.

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ISBN 10: 0253311659 / ISBN 13: 9780253311658
Published by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1988
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A Fine tight copy in Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with a touch of fading to the spine. Charles Johnson approaches contemporary black literature through the lens of phenomenology. Drawing on such philosophers as Heidegger, Husserl, Satre, and Dufrenne, Johnson addresses the esthetic and epistemological questions surrounding the black experience as expressed by African American authors. In exploring the works of Wright, Toomer, Bradley, and many more, Being & Race enlarges our vision of what fictionís purpose is and how it arises from our common experiences. Johnson assesses the impact and inlfuence of Black writers since the 70s including works by: Ismael Reed, Ernest Gaines, John Wideman and Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor. Bookseller Inventory # 24916

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Title: Being & Race: Black Writing since 1970.

Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington

Publication Date: 1988

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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Essays on Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, David Bradley and other writers.

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YA Johnson sets about discussing black literature by explaining it, as he would any literature, as phenomenology. He cites his references and his training to substantiate his observations. His writing is excellent and cogent. That the criticism is of black literature is incidental; he makes a fine case for phenomenological criticism for any sort of literature. Any library that supplies reference to students of literature or criticism should pay heed to this work. Johnson gives a brief history of black literature, and, having given readers the background, leads them through more modern writing. He puts into perspective what is too often glossed over as merely notable. George F. Hawkins, Episcopal High School, Bellaire

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