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Ramey, Lauri,

A history of African American poetry / Lauri Ramey. - xii, 269 pages ; 24 cm.

Includes appendices.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction to a genre -- The origins of African American poetry -- Emancipation to modernism -- The twentieth century renaissances -- Contemporary African American poetry.

"A History of African American Poetry: African American poetry is as old as America itself, yet this touchstone of American identity is often overlooked. In this critical history of African American poetry, from its origins in the transatlantic slave trade, to present day hip-hop, Lauri Ramey traces African American poetry from slave songs to today's award-winning poets. Covering a wide range of styles and forms, canonical figures like Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) are brought side by side with lesser known poets who explored diverse paths of bold originality. Calling for a revised and expanded canon, Ramey shows how some poems were suppressed while others were lauded, while also examining the role of music, women, innovation, and art as political action in African American poetry. Conceiving of a new canon reveals the influential role of African American poetry in defining and reflecting the United States at all points in the nation's history."--

9781107035478 1107035473

2018039992


American poetry--African American authors--History and criticism.
African Americans--Intellectual life.
African Americans in literature--History and criticism.

PS310 .N4 / R357 2019

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