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The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction

Author: Eric J Sundquist
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1992.
Series: Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures, no. 35.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Hammers of Creation, Eric J. Sundquist analyzes the powerful role played by folk culture in three major African-American novels of the early twentieth century: James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, Zora Neale Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine, and Arna Bontemps's Black Thunder. Sundquist explains how the survival of cultural traditions originating in Africa and in slavery became a means  Read more...
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Named Person: James Weldon Johnson; Arna Bontemps; Zora Neale Hurston; James Weldon Johnson; Arna Wendell Bontemps; Zora Neale Hurston; James Weldon Johnson; James Weldon Johnson; Zora Neale Hurston; Arna Wendell Bontemps
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric J Sundquist
ISBN: 0820314609 9780820314600 0820327948 9780820327945
OCLC Number: 25048036
Description: xiii, 151 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: "These old slave songs": The autobiography of an ex-coloured man --
"The drum with the man skin": Jonah's gourd vine --
"A song without words": Black thunder.
Series Title: Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures, no. 35.
Responsibility: Eric J. Sundquist.

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Provides an analysis of the powerful role played by folk culture in 3 major African American novels of the early 20th century: "The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man", "Jonah's Gourd Vine", and  Read more...

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"Sundquist writes with a poetic flair and elegant clarity.... His readings are richly suggestive." - American Book Review"

 
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