Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture

Paperback | September 1, 2015

byEric Gardner

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Black Print Unbound explores the development of the Christian Recorder during and just after the American Civil War. As a study of the official African Methodist Episcopal Church newspaper (a periodical of national reach and scope among free African Americans), Black Print Unbound is thus atonce a massive recovery effort of a publication by African Americans for African Americans, a consideration of the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and print culture studies, and an intervention in the study of literatures of the Civil War, faith communities, and periodicals. The book pairs a longitudinal sense of the Recorder's ideological, political, and aesthetic development with the fullest account available of how the physical paper moved from composition to real, traceable subscribers. It builds from this cultural and material history to recover and analyze diverseand often unknown texts published in the Recorder including letters, poems, and a serialized novel-texts that were crucial to the development of African American literature and culture and that challenge our senses of genre, authorship, and community. In this, Black Print Unbound offers a case studyfor understanding how African Americans inserted themselves in an often-hostile American print culture in the midst of the most complex conflict the young nation had yet seen, and it thus calls for a significant rewriting of our senses of African American - and so American - literary history.

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Black Print Unbound explores the development of the Christian Recorder during and just after the American Civil War. As a study of the official African Methodist Episcopal Church newspaper (a periodical of national reach and scope among free African Americans), Black Print Unbound is thus atonce a massive recovery effort of a publicati...

Eric Gardner is Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190237090

ISBN - 13:9780190237097

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1. White Houses and Black PrintPart I: "Our Church Organ": Toward a Cultural and Material History of the Early Recorder2. "Dense Darkness": Recovering the Recorder's History3. From Pine Street to the Nation (and Back Again): The Business of the Recorder4. "Their Friends at Home with Papers": Recorder Subscription and SubscribersPart II: "Would not such a narration be worth reading?": The Christian Recorder and African American Literary History5. "We are in the world": Reading the Recorder in the Civil War Era6. "So Let Us Hear from All the Brethren": The Christian Recorder and Correspondence7. "That Wished Home of Peace": The Personal and the Political in Christian Recorder Elegies8. Black (Women's) Fortunes and The Curse of CasteWorks CitedIndex