New Perspectives on James Weldon Johnson's "The by Noelle Morrissette,Lawrence Oliver,Michael Nowlin,Jeff

By Noelle Morrissette,Lawrence Oliver,Michael Nowlin,Jeff Karem,Diana Paulin,Daphne Lamothe,Bruce Barnhart,Ben Glaser,Lori Brooks,Robert Stepto,Amritjit Singh

James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) exemplified the perfect of the yank public highbrow as a author, educator, songwriter, diplomat, key determine of the Harlem Renaissance, and primary African American govt of the NAACP. initially released anonymously in 1912, Johnson’s novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is taken into account one of many foundational works of twentieth-century African American literature, and its subject matters and types were taken up through different writers, from Ralph Ellison to Teju Cole.

Johnson’s novel provocatively engages with political and cultural lines nonetheless conventional in American discourse this present day, and it is still in print over a century after its preliminary e-book. New Perspectives comprises clean essays that examine the book’s reverberations, the contexts in which it was once created and acquired, the cultured and highbrow advancements of its writer, and its carrying on with effect on American literature and international culture.

Contributors: Bruce Barnhart, Lori Brooks, Ben Glaser, Jeff Karem, Daphne Lamothe, Noelle Morrissette, Michael Nowlin, Lawrence J. Oliver, Diana Paulin, Amritjit Singh, Robert B. Stepto

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