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The Columbia guide to contemporary African American fiction

Author: Darryl Dickson-Carr
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.
Series: Columbia guides to literature since 1945.
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"From Ishamel Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, Darryl Dickson-Carr offers a definitive guide to contemporary African American literature. This volume - the only reference work devoted exclusively to African American fiction of the last thirty-five years - presents a wealth of factual and interpretive information about the major authors, texts, movements, and ideas that have shaped  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darryl Dickson-Carr
ISBN: 0231124724 9780231124720 0231135602 9780231135603
OCLC Number: 58919928
Description: xiv, 257 p. ; 26 cm.
Contents: A-Z Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction.
Series Title: Columbia guides to literature since 1945.
Responsibility: Darryl Dickson-Carr.

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"From Ishamel Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, Darryl Dickson-Carr offers a definitive guide to contemporary African American literature. This volume - the only reference work devoted exclusively to African American fiction of the last thirty-five years - presents a wealth of factual and interpretive information about the major authors, texts, movements, and ideas that have shaped contemporary African American fiction. In more than 160 concise entries, arranged alphabetically, Dickson-Carr discusses the careers, works, and critical receptions of Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, and Leon Forrest, as well as other prominent and lesser-known authors. Each entry presents ways of reading the author's works, identifies key themes and influences, assesses the writer's overarching significance, and includes sources for further research." "Dickson-Carr addresses the influence of a variety of literary movements, critical theories, and publishers of African American work. Topics discussed include the Black Arts Movement, African American postmodernism, feminism, and the influence of hip-hop, the blues, and jazz on African American novelists. The volume concludes with an extensive annotated bibliography of African American fiction and criticism."--BOOK JACKET.

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