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Fettered genius : the African American bardic poet from slavery to civil rights

Author: Keith D Leonard
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Fettered Genius, Keith D. Leonard identifies the ways in which African American poets for several generations used and revised traditional poetic techniques to constitute a distinctive artistic achievement and a mode of ethnic self-definition. Like the ancient Celtic bards who used poetic mastery to resist British imperialism, these poets inserted their experience, culture, and forms of protest into public  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith D Leonard
ISBN: 0813925053 9780813925059 0813925061 9780813925066
OCLC Number: 60515071
Description: ix, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Bid the gifted Negro soar : the origins of the African American bardic tradition --
Writ on glory's scroll : Paul Laurence Dunbar's moral heroism --
To make a poet Black : constructing an ethnic poetics in Harlem Renaissance poetry --
Weaponed woman : the modernist heroism of Gwendolyn Brooks's early verse --
Our souls' strict meaning : Robert Hayden's spiritual history --
A port worth the cruise : Melvin B. Tolson's epic imagination.
Responsibility: Keith D. Leonard.
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Offers insight on the conservatism of Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the genteel members of the Harlem Renaissance, how their rage for assimilation functioned to refute racist notions of  Read more...

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