Burnin' Down the House: Home in African American Literature by Valerie Sweeney Prince

Burnin' Down the House: Home in African American Literature

byValerie Sweeney Prince

Kobo ebook | December 29, 2004

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Home is a powerful metaphor guiding the literature of African Americans throughout the twentieth century. While scholars have given considerable attention to the Great Migration and the role of the northern city as well as to the place of the South in African American literature, few have given specific notice to the site of "home." And in the twenty years since Houston A. Baker Jr.'s Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature appeared, no one has offered a substantial challenge to his reading of the blues matrix.

Burnin' Down the House creates new and sophisticated possibilities for a critical engagement with African American literature by presenting both a meaningful critique of the blues matrix and a careful examination of the place of home in five classic novels: Native Son by Richard Wright, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and Corregidora by Gayl Jones.

Valerie Sweeney Prince is an assistant professor of English at Hampton University. She lives in Hampton, Virginia.
Title:Burnin' Down the House: Home in African American LiteratureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 29, 2004Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231508794

ISBN - 13:9780231508797


Table of Contents

Introduction: A House Is Not a Home
1. Living (Just Enough) for the City: Native Son
2. Keep on Moving Donít Stop: Invisible Man
3. Get in the Kitchen and Rattle Them Pots and Pans: The Bluest Eye
4. Sheís a Brick House: Corregidora
5. God Bless the Child Thatís Got His Own: Song of Solomon

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