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Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

John Ernest

Abstract

What is African American about African American literature? Why identify it as a distinct tradition? This book contends that too often scholars have relied on naive concepts of race, superficial conceptions of African American history, and the marginalization of important strains of black scholarship. The book creates a new and just retelling of African American literary history that neither ignores nor transcends racial history. The book revisits the work of nineteenth-century writers and activists such as Henry “Box” Brown, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Wilson, William Wells Brown, and Sojourn ... More

Keywords: African American literature, racial history, Henry Box Brown, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Wilson, William Wells Brown, Sojourner Truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833377
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898505_ernest

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ernest, author