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Figures in Black : words, signs, and the "racial" self

Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
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Argues that Black literature cannot be characterized strictly as social realism, and offers a textual analysis of works by eighteenth- to twentieth-century Black writers.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gates, Henry Louis.
Figures in Black.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1987
(OCoLC)572067897
Named Person: Phillis Wheatley; Frederick Douglass; Jean Toomer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
ISBN: 019503564X 9780195035643 0195060741 9780195060744
OCLC Number: 14187858
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxxii, 311 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Literary theory and the black tradition --
The literature of the slave. Phillis Wheatley and the nature of the negro --
Binary oppositions in chapter one of Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, and American slave. Written by himself --
Frederick Douglass and the language of the self --
Parallel discursive universes: Fictions of the self in Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig --
Black structures of feeling. Dis and dat: Dialect and the descent --
The same difference: Reading Jean Toomer, 1923-1983 --
Songs of a racial self: On Sterling A. Brown --
The "blackness of blackness": A critique of the sign and the signifying monkey.
Responsibility: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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