Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Literature: West Meets East

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

EditorYoshinobu HakutanibyYoshinobu Hakutani

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The most influential East-West artistic, cultural, and literary exchange that has taken place in modern and postmodern times was the reading and writing of haiku. Richard Wright wrote over four thousand haiku, Alice Walker’s work reflects her affinity for Zen philosophy, and Ishmael Reed’s work includes a discussion of Eastern thought.  Here, esteemed contributors investigate the impact of Eastern philosophy and religion on African American writers from Richard Wright to Ralph Ellison to Ishmael Reed and Charles Johnson, offering a fresh field of literary inquiry.

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The most influential East-West artistic, cultural, and literary exchange that has taken place in modern and postmodern times was the reading and writing of haiku. Richard Wright wrote over four thousand haiku, Alice Walker’s work reflects her affinity for Zen philosophy, and Ishmael Reed’s work includes a discussion of Eastern thought....

Yoshinobu Hakutani is a Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Kent State University.  His recent books and editions include Haiku and Modernist Poetics; Art, Music and Literature 1897-1992 by Theodore Dreiser; Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Modernism: From Spatial Narrative to Jazz Haiku; Theodore Dr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 8.66 × 5.64 × 0.78 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113419

ISBN - 13:9780230113411

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“Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Literature: West Meets East is a fresh approach to an important, though little studied, aspect of African American literature.  It examines how Eastern philosophy and literary assumptions have affected the work of a number of important black American writers, including Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Sonia Sanchez, James Emanuel, Ishmael Reed, and Charles Johnson.”--Robert Butler, author of Contemporary African American Fiction: The Open Journey