Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives

Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives

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Examines how six writers reconfigure African American subjectivity in ways that recall postmodernist theory. This book explores how African American social and political movements, African American studies, independent scholars, and traditional cultural forms revisit and challenge the representation of the African American as deviant other. After surveying African American history and cultural politics, W. Lawrence Hogue provides original and insightful readings of six experimental/postmodern African American texts: John Edgar Widemana€™s Philadelphia Fire; Percival Everetta€™s Erasure; Toni Morrisona€™s Jazz; Bonnie Greera€™s Hanging by Her Teeth; Clarence Majora€™s Reflex and Bone Structure; and Xam Wilson CartiAcra€™s Muse-Echo Blues. Using traditional cultural and western forms, including the blues, jazz, voodoo, virtuality, radical democracy, Jungian/African American Collective Unconscious, Yoruba gods, black folk culture, and black working class culture, Hogue reveals that these authors uncover spaces with different definitions of life that still retain a wildness and have not been completely mapped out and trademarked by normative American culture. Redefining the African American novel and the African American outside the logic, rules, and values of western binary reason, these writers leave open the possibility of psychic liberation of African Americans in the West.The Afrocentric approach fails to examine the African American in the context of the larger American and global societies, as Frazier ... With Templea#39;s department being the first and only PhD-granting institution in African American studies foranbsp;...

Title:Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives
Author: W. Lawrence Hogue
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2013-12-01

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