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Phillis Wheatley's poetics of liberation : backgrounds and contexts

Author: John C Shields
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this volume, John C. Shields demonstrates that much of the negative response to Phillis Wheatley's writings has been based on false assumptions and myths about her and her work. Much of this criticism began more than a century ago and has been passed on without dissent by generations of readers. Here, Shields sets a course for Wheatley scholars that will redefine the direction of future writing about her. Shields  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Phillis Wheatley; Phillis Wheatley; Phillis Wheatley; Phillis Wheatley; Phillis Wheatley
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John C Shields
ISBN: 9781572334991 1572334991
OCLC Number: 171287734
Description: xii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A poetics of liberation --
Wheatley considered intellectually impoverished: the first 190 years --
Wheatley intellectually gifted-maybe: the last 25 years --
African origins --
Post-African religious development --
Intellectual development --
The dignity of Wheatley's poems restored.
Responsibility: John C. Shields.
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In this volume, John C. Shields demonstrates that much of the negative response to Phillis Wheatley's writings has been based on false assumptions and myths about her and her work. Much of this criticism began more than a century ago and has been passed on without dissent by generations of readers. Here, Shields sets a course for Wheatley scholars that will redefine the direction of future writing about her. Shields provides new readings for a great many of her poems. He shows that Wheatley's writing was deeply imbedded in several literary traditions, demonstrating that her work is the result of an African inheritance, a complex relationship with a Congregationalist religious heritage, and an intense involvement with classical literature. Read closely, Wheatley's works show she deserves credit for creating a liberationist aesthetic - the full implications of which are still to be worked out. --From publisher's description.

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