Contemporary African American Literature

The Living Canon

by Lovalerie King, Shirley Moody-Turner, Darryl Dickson-Carr, Eve Dunbar, Kristina Graaff, Carmen L. Phelps, James Braxton Peterson, LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Trudier Harris, Howard Rambsy, Dana A. Williams, Greg Carr, Alice Randall, Green, Jr., David F., Mat Johnson, Evie Shockley, Pia Deas, Richard Schur, Maryemma Graham, Martha Southgate, Alexander Weheliye

Series: Blacks in the Diaspora

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  • 025300697X
  • 9780253006257
  • 9780253006974

In this volume, Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner have compiled a collection of essays that offer access to some of the most innovative contemporary black fiction while addressing important issues in current African American literary studies. Distinguished scholars Houston Baker, Trudier Harris, Darryl Dickson-Carr, and Maryemma Graham join writers and younger scholars to explore the work of Toni Morrison, Edward P. Jones, Trey Ellis, Paul Beatty, Mat Johnson, Kyle Baker, Danzy Senna, Nikki Turner, and many others. The collection is bracketed by a foreword by novelist and graphic artist Mat Johnson, one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary African American writers, and an afterword by Alice Randall, author of the controversial parody The Wind Done Gone. Together, King and Moody-Turner make the case that diversity, innovation, and canon expansion are essential to maintaining the vitality of African American literary studies.


  • Indiana University Press; August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780253006974
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  • Title: Contemporary African American Literature
  • Series: Blacks in the Diaspora
  • Author: Lovalerie King (ed.); Shirley Moody-Turner (ed.); Darryl Dickson-Carr (contrib.); Eve Dunbar (contrib.); Kristina Graaff (contrib.); Carmen L. Phelps (contrib.); James Braxton Peterson (contrib.); LaMonda Horton-Stallings (contrib.); Trudier Harris (contrib.); Howard Rambsy (contrib.); Dana A. Williams (contrib.); Greg Carr (contrib.); Alice Randall (contrib.); Green, Jr., David F. (contrib.); Mat Johnson (contrib.); Evie Shockley (contrib.); Pia Deas (contrib.); Richard Schur (contrib.); Maryemma Graham (contrib.); Martha Southgate (contrib.); Alexander Weheliye (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Indiana University Press
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  • 025300697X
  • 9780253006257
  • 9780253006974

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"Highly recommended."


About The Author

Lovalerie King is Director of the Africana Research Center, Associate Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies in African American studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is author or co-editor of six books, including James Baldwin and Toni Morrison: Comparative and Theoretical Essays; Race, Theft, and Ethics: Property Matters in African American Literature; and New Essays on the African American Novel.

Shirley Moody-Turner is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 025300697X
  • 9780253006257
  • 9780253006974