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To Wake the Nations : Race in the Making of American Literature.

Author: Eric J Sundquist
Publisher: Belknap Press [Imprint], Cambridge : Harvard University Press July 1998 ;
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This powerful book argues that white culture in America does not exist apart from black culture. The revolution of the rights of man that established this country collided long ago with the system of slavery, and we have been trying to reestablish a steady course for ourselves ever since. To Wake the Nations is urgent and rousing: we have integrated our buses, schools, and factories, but not the canon of American  Read more...

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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric J Sundquist
ISBN: 9780674893313 067489331X
OCLC Number: 904735846
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction PART I: SLAVERY, REVOLUTION, RENAISSANCE 1. Signs of Power: Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass San Domingo and Its Patriots Nat Turner, Thomas Gray, and the Phenomenology of Slavery Ibo Warriors Blackhead Signpost: Prophecy and Terror Frederick Douglass's Revisions Iron Sentences: Paternity, Literacy, Liberty Broken Fetters: The Right of Revolution 2. Melville, Delany, and New World Slavery Memory, Authority, and the Shadowy Tableau The Play of the Barber Ashantee Conjurors: Africanisms and Africanization The Law of Nature or the Hive of Subtlety Caribbean Empires "It Is Wrote in Jeremiah": American Maroons Sugar, Conspiracy, and the Ladder El Dia de los Reyes PART II: THE COLOR LINE 3. Mark Twain and Homer Plessy The Second Slavery The Badge of Servitude: Homer Plessy and the Rise of Segregation Blaspheming Colors, Extraordinary Twins A Whisper to the Reader 4. Charles Chesnutt's Cakewalk The Origin of the Cakewalk Word Shadows and Alternating Sounds: Folklore, Dialect, and Vernacular Uncle Remus, Uncle Julius, and the New Negro "De Ole Times," Slave Culture, and Africa Talking Bones: Conjure and Narrative White Weeds: The Pathology of the Color Line Fusion: The Marrow of Tradition A Great Black Figure and a Doll PART III: W. E. B. DU BOIS: AFRICAN AMERICA AND THE KINGDOM OF CULTURE 5. Swing Low: The Souls of Black Folk In the Kingdom of Culture "This Wonderful Music of Bondage" Bright Sparkles: Music and Text Black and Unknown Bards: A Theory of the Sorrow Songs 6. The Spell of Africa The Color Line Belts the World "Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Her Hands": Toward Pan-Africanism Africa: The Hidden Self and the Pageant of Nationalism The Burden of Black Women The Black Christ and Other Prophets Notes Acknowledgments Index


This text presents a re-evaluation of American literature from 1830 to 1930, showing how white and black literature form a single interwoven tradition. By examining African America's contested  Read more...


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Thus instead of literary history that invokes the same, shopworn links between old world and new, readers of To Wake the Nations will discover a not-so-subtle change in the frame of reference from Read more...

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