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Ride out the wilderness : geography and identity in Afro-American literature

Author: Melvin Dixon
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Often considered alienated from mainstream culture and consigned to negative environments, Afro-American writers have created alternative spatial and geographical metaphors to develop a positive sense of individual and cultural identity. Melvin Dixon demonstrates how three principal figures of the land--the wilderness, the underground, and the mountaintop--have become places of refuge and cultural revitalization  Read more...
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Dixon, Melvin, 1950-1992.
Ride out the wilderness.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1987
(OCoLC)570842108
Named Person: Jean Toomer; Claude McKay; Richard Wright; Ralph Ellison; Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones); Zora Neale Hurston; Alice Walker; James Baldwin; Toni Morrison
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Dixon
ISBN: 0252014146 9780252014147
OCLC Number: 15107963
Description: xi, 182 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Go in the wilderness. We'll stand the storm : slave songs and narratives --
Down in the lonesome valley. Wake the nations underground : Jean Toomer and Claude McKay. Trouble about my grave : Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and LeRoi Jones. Keep me from sinking down : Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Gayl Jones --
Way up on the mountain. Rocks gonna cry out : James Baldwin. Like an eagle in the air : Toni Morrison.
Responsibility: Melvin Dixon.

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"Often considered alienated from mainstream culture and consigned to negative environments, Afro-American writers have created alternative spatial and geographical metaphors to develop a positive sense of individual and cultural identity. Melvin Dixon demonstrates how three principal figures of the land--the wilderness, the underground, and the mountaintop--have become places of refuge and cultural revitalization for the performance of identity, from early slave songs and fugitive narratives to modern and contemporary fiction"--Book jacket.

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