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Harris, Trudier

Works: 156 works in 418 publications in 2 languages and 25,676 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Biography‡vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Encyclopedias  Folklore  Biography  Bio-bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS153.N5, 810.9896
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Most widely held works about Trudier Harris
Most widely held works by Trudier Harris
The Oxford Companion to African American Literature( Book )

14 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2,597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally, the five-part, fifteen-page essay, Literary History, captures the full sweep of African American writing in the United States, from the colonial and early national eras right up to the present day. The Companion also features a comprehensive subject index; extensive cross-referencing; and bibliographies after almost every article
Afro-American writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940 by Trudier Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide career biographies of thirty-four African-American writers active between the Harlem Renaissance and 1940; each with a list of principal works and a bibliography
Afro-American writers after 1955 : dramatists and prose writers by Thadious M Davis( Book )

13 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African-American dramatists and prose writers whose works grew out of or shaped the black arts movement, by creating prose and theatrical works relevant to black Americans. Works that reflect the increasing importance of autobiography and biography for expressing conceptions of self and of the meaning of Afro-American history
Afro-American poets since 1955 by Trudier Harris( Book )

13 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on African-American poets whose works helped to shape a contemporary literature, but also helped to reclaim, recapture, and reshape a culture, through their inventiveness and wisdom and have invigorated Afro-American and American literature in language, style, form, and substance
Fiction and folklore : the novels of Toni Morrison by Trudier Harris( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best-selling novelist Toni Morrison has published five major works: Beloved (which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988), Tar Baby, Song of Solomon, Sula, and The Bluest Eye. In this provocative study of Morrison's novels, Trudier Harris blends fictive and folkloric approaches to illuminate the depth and complexity of the African-American literary heritage. Harris identifies Morrison's primary folkloric strategy as reversal—a process that creates an alternative universe where the antithetical is the norm and the incredible is taken for granted. Thus Morrison succeeds in creating worlds where the line between history and fiction, legend and fact, is permanently blurred. Furthermore, in replicating the processes of folk culture, Morrison encourages readers to participate in the creative process itself."--Back cover
Afro-American writers before the Harlem renaissance by Trudier Harris( Book )

14 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a corollary history of the publishing outlets and efforts of early Afro-American writers writing in the 1920s or before; focuses on how resourceful black writers had to be in order to get their works to the reading public before more substantial and self-sustaining publishing outlets were established
Afro-American writers, 1940-1955 by Trudier Harris( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on black American writers, both major and minor are presented, including poets, dramatists and playwrights. Many of these prominent black writers, whose works are taught and written about today, came to the forefront of the American literary scene during this period. The essays in this volume try to capture the nuances of the lives and literature of that period
Black women in the fiction of James Baldwin by Trudier Harris( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concise Oxford companion to African American literature by William L Andrews( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book surveys a vast literary landscape, covering writers from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison to August Wilson. Over 400 entries span the entire range of African American writing - from major works (including synopses of novels) such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Richard Wright's Native Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun to vivid literary characters such as Bigger Thomas, Coffin Ed Johnson, Kunta Kinte, and Sula Peace. Character types such as Aunt Jemima, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, and Stackolee are discussed in detail, and recognition is given to those figures of vital importance to black culture and our nation, among them Muhammad Ali, John Coltrane, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman." "Featuring biographies, individual works including poems, fiction, songs, plays, and essays, and an appendix that reprints in its entirety the essay "Literary History," the Companion fully captures the sweep of African American writing in the United States from the colonial days to the present."--Jacket
The scary Mason-Dixon Line : African American writers and the South by Trudier Harris( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Yorker James Baldwin once declared that a black man can look at a map of the United States, contemplate the area south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and thus scare himself to death. In this book, the author a renowned literary scholar explores why black writers, whether born in Mississippi, New York, or elsewhere, have consistently both loved and hated the South. She explains that for these authors the South represents not so much a place or even a culture as a rite of passage. Not one of them can consider himself or herself a true African American writer without confronting the idea of the South in a decisive way. She considers native born black southerners Raymond Andrews, Ernest J. Gaines, Edward P. Jones, Tayari Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Randall Kenan, and Phyllis Alesia Perry, and nonsouthern writers James Baldwin, Sherley Anne Williams, and Octavia E. Butler. The works she examines date from Baldwin's Blues for Mr. Charlie (1964) to Edward P. Jones's The Known World (2003). By including Komunyakaa's poems and Baldwin's play, as well as male and female authors, she demonstrates that the writers' preoccupation with the South cuts across lines of genre and gender. Whether their writings focus on slavery, migration from the South to the North, or violence on southern soil, and whether they celebrate the triumph of black southern heritage over repression or castigate the South for its treatment of blacks, these authors cannot escape the call of the South. Indeed, she asserts that creative engagement with the South represents a defining characteristic of African American writing. A singular work by one of the foremost literary scholars writing today, this book demonstrates how history and memory continue to figure powerfully in African American literary creativity
Exorcising blackness : historical and literary lynching and burning rituals by Trudier Harris( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saints, sinners, saviors : strong Black women in African American literature by Trudier Harris( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South of tradition : essays on African American literature by Trudier Harris( Book )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From mammies to militants : domestics in Black American literature by Trudier Harris( Book )

5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett by Ida B Wells-Barnett( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New essays on Go tell it on the mountain by ANON( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, has gained a wide readership and much critical acclaim since its publication in 1953. Although most critics have seen it as focusing exclusively on the African American fundamentalist church and its effect on characters brought up within its tradition, these scholars posit that issues of homosexuality, the social construction of identity, anthropological conceptions of community, and the quest for an artistic identity provide more elucidating approaches to the novel
The power of the porch : the storyteller's craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan by Trudier Harris( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ways that are highly individual, says Harris, yet still within a shared oral tradition, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan skillfully use storytelling techniques to define their audiences, reach out and draw them in, and fill them with anticipation. Considering how such dynamics come into play in Hurston's Mules and Men, Naylor's Mama Day, and Kenan's Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Harris shows how the "power of the porch" resides in readers as well, who, in giving themselves over to a story, confer it on the writer. Against this background of give and take, anticipation and fulfillment, Harris considers Zora Neale Hurston's special challenges as a black woman writer in the thirties, and how her various roles as an anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist intermingle in her work. In Gloria Naylor's writing, Harris finds particularly satisfying themes and characters. A New York native, Naylor came to a knowledge of the South through her parents and during her stay on the Sea Islands she wrote Mama Day. A southerner by birth, Randall Kenan is particularly adept in getting his readers to accept aspects of African American culture that their rational minds might have wanted to reject. Although Kenan is set apart from Hurston and Naylor by his alliances with a new generation of writers intent upon broaching certain taboo subjects (in his case gay life in small southern towns), Kenan's Tims Creek is as rife with the otherworldly and the fantastic as Hurston's New Orleans and Naylor's Willow Springs
Reading contemporary African American drama : fragments of history, fragments of self( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Luther King Jr., heroism, and African American literature by Trudier Harris( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"African American writers have incorporated Martin Luther King Jr. into their work since he rose to prominence in the mid-1950s. Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature is a study by award-winning author Trudier Harris of King's character and persona as captured and reflected in works of African American literature continue to evolve. One of the most revered figures in American history, King stands above most as a hero. His heroism, argues Harris, is informed by African American folk cultural perceptions of heroes. Brer Rabbit, John the Slave, Stackolee, and Railroad Bill--folk heroes all--provide a folk lens through which to view King in contemporary literature. Ambiguities and issues of morality that surround trickster figures also surround King. Nonconformist traits that define Stackolee and Railroad Bill also inform King's life and literary portraits. Defiance of the law, uses of indirection, moral lapses, and bad habits are as much a part of the folk-transmitted biography of King as they are a part of writers' depictions of him in literary texts. Harris first demonstrates that during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, when writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) were rising stars in African American poetry, King's philosophy of nonviolence was out of step with prevailing notions of militancy (Black Power), and their literature reflected that division. In the quieter times of the 1970s and 1980s and into the twenty-first century, however, treatments of King and his philosophy in African American literature changed. Writers who initially rejected him and nonviolence became ardent admirers and boosters, particularly in the years following his assassination. By the 1980s, many writers skeptical about King had reevaluated him and began to address him as a fallen hero. To the most recent generation of writers, such as Katori Hall, King is fair game for literary creation, no matter what those portrayals may reveal, to a point where King has become simply another source of reference for creativity. Collectively these writers, among many others, illustrate that Martin Luther King Jr. provides one of the strongest influences upon the creative worlds of multiple generations of African American writers of varying political and social persuasions."--Publisher's description
Summer snow : reflections from a Black daughter of the South by Trudier Harris( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Trudier Harris will tell you that African Americans who consider themselves southern are about as rare as summer snow. But Harris has always embraced the South, and in Summer Snow, her collection of poignant autobiographical essays, Harris explores her experiences as a black southerner and how they have shaped her into the writer and intellectual she has become." "Harris grew up in the racist environment of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the 1950s and 60s. A member of a black southern family whose father was born in 1885 and whose mother died in 2001, she claims three centuries of blackness and southernness as pivotal forces in her life. Not surprisingly her most important influence was her mother. The book opens with a charming essay about how her mother chose the name Trudier, not Trudy, as her daughter's first name. Additionally, Harris includes a funny piece about her mother's use of "cotton-pickin' authority," an entertaining tribute to her mother's lifelong love of fishing, and a touching story of her mother's final heroic years in a nursing home." "Harris's family, church, and community served as antidotes to the white racism that surrounded her. Whether writing about the family front porch, where storytelling prevailed, or the church choir, where black voices could sing as loudly as they liked, Harris depicts sites where black life thrived and prospered. Within her black community, though, colorphobia did affect her high school experiences, and sexual harassment by black professors followed her to the black college she attended." "Summer Snow is filled with wonderful stories and wry wit. But it also contains a number of toughminded essays - one, about the price blacks have paid for desegregation, and another on the "staying power of racism." In still another moving piece, Harris remembers a white teenager who propositioned her for sex when she was twelve years old, in exchange for five dollars."--Jacket
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The Oxford Companion to African American Literature
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Afro-American writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940Black women in the fiction of James BaldwinThe concise Oxford companion to African American literatureThe scary Mason-Dixon Line : African American writers and the SouthSaints, sinners, saviors : strong Black women in African American literatureSouth of tradition : essays on African American literatureSelected works of Ida B. Wells-BarnettNew essays on Go tell it on the mountain