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Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Gene Andrew Jarrett


The political value of African American literature has long been a topic of great debate among American writers, both black and white, from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama. This book traces the genealogy of this topic in order to develop an innovative political history of African American literature. It examines texts of every sort to parse the myths of authenticity, popular culture, nationalism, and militancy that have come to define African American political activism in recent decades. The book argues that unless we show the diverse and complex ways that African American literature has tra ... More

Keywords: African American literature, authenticity, popular culture, nationalism, militancy, African American political activism, African American literary history, racial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814743386
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gene Andrew Jarrett, author