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African American Literature

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Toni Morrison and the Natural World

Winner of the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for Best Single-Authored Book, 2019-2022

Critics have routinely excluded African American literature from ecocritical inquiry despite the fact that the literary ...

Black to Nature

In Black to Nature: Pastoral Return and African American Culture, author Stefanie K. Dunning considers both popular and literary texts that range from Beyoncé’s Lemonade to Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage ...

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry

Honorable Mention Recipient of the Modern Language Association Prize for Collaborative, Bibliographical, or Archival Scholarship

Spanning from the debut of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959 to her ...

Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

A disproportionate number of male writers, including such figures as Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, Maulana Karenga, and Haki Madhubuti, continue to be credited for constructing the iconic and ideological ...

The Green Depression

Dust storms. Flooding. The fear of nuclear fallout. While literary critics associate authors of the 1930s and ’40s with leftist political and economic thought, they often ignore concern in the period’s ...

The Properties of Violence

The Properties of Violence focuses on two connected issues: representations of lynching in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American photographs, poetry, and fiction; and the effects of those representations. ...

Haunted Property

Winner of a 2021 South Central Modern Language Association Book Prize

At the heart of America’s slave system was the legal definition of people as property. While property ownership is a cornerstone ...

New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's God Help the Child

Contributions by Alice Knox Eaton, Mar Gallego, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber, Shirley A. Stave, Justine Tally, Susana Vega-González, and Anissa Wardi

In her eleventh novel, God Help ...

Rediscovering Frank Yerby

Contributions by Catherine L. Adams, Stephanie Brown, Gene Andrew Jarrett, John Wharton Lowe, Guirdex Massé, Anderson Rouse, Matthew Teutsch, Donna-lyn Washington, and Veronica T. Watson

Rediscovering ...

The Short Stories of Frank Yerby

Edited by Veronica T. Watson
Categories: Literature

Frank Yerby’s first novel, The Foxes of Harrow, established him as a writer and launched a forty-nine-year career in which he published thirty-three novels. He also became the first African American ...