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  • Reclaiming Nostalgiaby Jennifer K. Ladino

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.50

    Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In Reclaiming Nostalgia, Jennifer Ladino assesses the ideological effects of this phenomenon by tracing its dominant forms in American literature and culture since the closing of the frontier... more...

  • Women's Workby Courtney Thorsson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 55.00

    In Women?s Work, Courtney Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. Building on and departing from the Black Arts Movement, the literary fiction of such writers as Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange,... more...

  • The Haverford Discussionsby Michael Lackey

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    In the late sixties and early seventies, black separatist movements were sweeping across the United States. This was the era of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael's and Charles Hamilton's Black Power, and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice. In 1969 a group of distinguished African American intellectuals met at Haverford College... more...

  • Close Kin and Distant Relativesby Susana M. Morris

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 59.50

    The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength, and support; on the other hand, it is a site of pathology, brokenness, and dysfunction that has frequently called forth an emphasis on conventional respectability if stability and... more...

  • Exodus Politicsby Robert J. Patterson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 59.50

    Using the term "exodus politics" to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the political strategies and ideologies of this movement paradoxically undermined the collective enfranchisement of black people. He argues that by narrowly conceptualizing civil rights... more...

  • The New Deathby Pearl James

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 59.50

    Adopting the term "new death," which was used to describe the unprecedented and horrific scale of death caused by the First World War, Pearl James uncovers several touchstones of American modernism that refer to and narrate traumatic death. The sense of paradox was pervasive: death was both sanctified and denied; notions of heroism were both essential... more...

  • Artistic Ambassadorsby Brian Russell Roberts

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 55.00

    During the first generation of black participation in U.S. diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a vibrant community of African American writers and cultural figures worked as U.S. representatives abroad. Through the literary and diplomatic dossiers of figures such as Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Archibald and... more...

  • Drawing the Lineby Doreen Fowler

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    In an original contribution to the psychoanalytic approach to literature, Doreen Fowler focuses on the fiction of four major American writers?William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison?to examine the father's function as a "border figure." Although the father has most commonly been interpreted as the figure who introduces opposition... more...

  • Characters of Bloodby Celeste-Marie Bernier

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 39.50

    Across the centuries, the acts and arts of black heroism have inspired a provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive intellectual, political, and aesthetic tradition. In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the ways in which six iconic men and women?Toussaint Louverture, Nathaniel Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth, Frederick... more...

  • Activism and the American Novelby Channette Romero

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 22.50

    Since the 1980s, many activists and writers have turned from identity politics toward ethnic religious traditions to rediscover and reinvigorate their historic role in resistance to colonialism and oppression. In her examination of contemporary fiction by women of color?including Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, Toni Cade Bambara, Louise Erdrich, and... more...