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- Oxford University Press 1988; US$ 12.99 US$ 11.17
The Signifying Monkey is the first book of literary criticism to trace the roots of contemporary Black literature to Afro-American folklore and to the traditions of African languages, demonstrating how a heroic and popular character called the Signifying Monkey emerged from a sacred African system of divination and came to pervade Afro-American culture.... more...
- Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 44.99 US$ 38.69
Multiculturalism. It has been the subject of cover stories in Time and Newsweek , as well as numerous articles in newspapers and magazines around America. It has sparked heated jeremiads by George Will, Dinesh D'Sousa, and Roger Kimball. It moved William F. Buckley to rail against Stanley Fish and Catherine Stimpson on "Firing Line." It is arguably... more...
- Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 19.95
Finding Oprah?s Roots will not only endow readers with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history?s unsung but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own past. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights genetic testing resources that can make... more...
- Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 39.99 US$ 34.39
In this insightful volume, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a leading scholar in African-American studies, attacks the notion of African-American literature as a kind of social realism. Insisting, instead, that critics focus on the most repressed element of African-American criticism--the language of the text--Gates advocates the use of a close, methodical... more...
- Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 27.50
Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country?s shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family?s past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.00
"This is a book of stories," writes Henry Louis Gates, "and all might be described as 'narratives of ascent.'" As some remarkable men talk about their lives, many perspectives on race and gender emerge. For the notion of the unitary black man, Gates argues, is as imaginary as the creature that the poet Wallace Stevens conjured in his poem "Thirteen... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00
From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished "colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling. more...
- NYU Press 2010; US$ 30.00
As a nation of immigrants, the American experience is vibrantly defined by the diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious heritage of its people. Perhaps because so many of their ancestors migrated to this country relatively recently, Americans are especially concerned with their family trees, carving out personal histories by combing through... more...
- NYU Press 2011; US$ 25.00
Selected as a 2012 Outstanding Title by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World during the Middle Passage. While just over 11.0 million survived the arduous journey, only about 450,000 of them arrived in the United States. The rest?over ten and a half million?were... more...
- Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 24.95 US$ 19.96
Generations of Americans have debated the meaning of Abraham Lincoln's views on race and slavery. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and supported a constitutional amendment to outlaw slavery, yet he also harbored grave doubts about the intellectual capacity of African Americans, publicly used the n-word until at least 1862, and favored permanent... more...