Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-first-century Contexts And Criticism

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

byEric D. Lamore

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This timely volume embraces and interprets the increasingly broad and deep canon of life narratives by African Americans. The contributors discover and recover neglected lives, texts, and genres, enlarge the wide range of critical methods used by scholars to study these works, and expand the understanding of autobiography to encompass photography, comics, blogs, and other modes of self-expression. This book also examines at length the proliferation of African American autobiography in the twenty-first century, noting the roles of digital genres, remediated lives, celebrity lives, self-help culture, non-Western religious traditions, and the politics of adoption.
            The life narratives studied range from an eighteenth-century criminal narrative, a 1918 autobiography, and the works of Richard Wright to new media, graphic novels, and a celebrity memoir from Pam Grier.

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This timely volume embraces and interprets the increasingly broad and deep canon of life narratives by African Americans. The contributors discover and recover neglected lives, texts, and genres, enlarge the wide range of critical methods used by scholars to study these works, and expand the understanding of autobiography to encompass ...

Eric D. Lamore is an associate professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.  He is the editor of Teaching Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New Perspectives and coeditor of New Essays on Phillis Wheatley.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.8 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299309800

ISBN - 13:9780299309800

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction: African American Autobiography in the “Age of Obama”                  
            Eric D. Lamore
“A Dying Man”: The Outlaw Body of Arthur, 1768            
            Lynn A. Casmier-Paz
“I Hadn’t Joined Church Yet, and I Wasn’t Scared of Anybody”: Violence and Homosociality in Early Black Men’s Christian Narratives                
            Joycelyn K. Moody
Olaudah Equiano in the United States: Abigail Mott’s 1829 Abridged Edition of the Interesting Narrative                       
            Eric D. Lamore
The Visual Properties of Black Autobiography: The Case of William J. Edwards               
            Anthony S. Foy
Richard Wright’s Environments                    
            Susan Scott Parrish
“A Space of Concentration”: The Autobiographical Comics of Richard “Grass” Green and Samuel R. Delany                       
            Brian Cremins
Born into This Body: Black Women’s Use of Buddhism in Autobiographical Narratives               
            Tracy Curtis
From Blog to Books: Angela Nissel, Authorship, and the Digital Public Sphere                 
            Linda Furgerson Selzer
Grafted Belongings: Identification in Autobiographical Narratives of African American Transracial Adoptees                       
            Marina Fedosik
Reading Signs of Crazy: Pam Grier, a Black Feminist in Praxis                   
            Kwakiutl L. Dreher
 
Contributors               
Index

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“These provocative essays reveal the exciting state of African American autobiographical studies. The critical approaches explored here—from new-media studies and ecocriticism to reading the interplay between visual and verbal autobiographical acts—not only frame and interpret the life narratives proliferating within today’s digital and popular cultures, they enliven classic literary texts for a contemporary age.”—Angela Ards, author of Words of Witness