The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature, Volume 11746 - 1920
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The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature is a comprehensive collection of poems, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, autobiographies, and essays authored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until the present. Evenly divided into two volumes, it is also the first such anthology to be conceived and published for both classroom and online education in the new millennium. Reflects the current scholarly and pedagogic structure of African American literary studies Selects literary texts according to extensive research on classroom adoptions, scholarship, and the expert opinions of leading professors Organizes literary texts according to more appropriate periods of literary history, dividing them into seven sections that accurately depict intellectual, cultural, and political movements Includes more reprints of entire works and longer selections of major works than any other anthology of its kind This first volume contains a comprehensive collection of texts authored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until the 1920s The two volumes of this landmark anthology can also be bought as a set, at over 20% savings.
Editorial Advisory Board x Preface xi Introduction xvi Principles of Selection and Editorial Procedures xix Acknowledgments xxi Part 1 The Literatures of Africa, Middle Passage, and Slavery: c.1746–1830 1 Introduction 3 Lucy Terry (c.1730–1821) 7 Bars Fight (1746) 8 Briton Hammon (dates unknown) 9 Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro Man (1760) 10 Phillis Wheatley (c.1753–1784) 15 From Poems on Various Subjects (1773) 17 To Maecenas 17 To the University of Cambridge, in New England 18 On Being Brought from Africa to America 19 On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell. 1769 20 On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield. 1770 21 On the Death of a Young Lady of Five Years of Age 22 On Recollection 23 On Imagination 25 To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c. 26 To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works 27 A Farewell to America to Mrs. S.W. 28 Jupiter Hammon (1711–c.1806) 31 An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess, in Boston, Who Came from Africa at Eight Years of Age, and Soon Became Acquainted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1778) 32 John Marrant (1755–1791) 35 A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black (1785) 36 Olaudah Equiano (1745–1797) 49 Extracts from Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789, 1791) 51 Chapter 1. The Author’s Account of His Country, Their Manners and Customs, &c. 51 Chapter 2. The Author’s Birth and Parentage – His Being Kidnapped with His Sister – Horrors of a Slave Ship 60 Chapter 3. The Author Is Carried to Virginia – Arrives in England – His Wonder at a Fall of Snow 69 Chapter 4. A Particular Account of the Celebrated Engagement between Admiral Boscawen and Monsieur Le Clue 78 Chapter 5. Various Interesting Instances of Oppression, Cruelty, and Extortion 89 Chapter 10. Some Account of the Manner of the Author’s Conversion to the Faith of Jesus Christ 99 Chapter 12. Different Transactions of the Author’s Life – Petition to the Queen – Conclusion 109 David Walker (c.1785–1830) 119 Extracts from Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America (1829) 120 Article 1. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery 120 Article 2. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Ignorance 127 Part 2 The Literatures of Slavery and Freedom: c.1830–1865 137 Introduction 139 Omar ibn Said (1770–1864) 143 Autobiography of Omar ibn Said, Slave in North Carolina (1831) 144 Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) 147 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself. (1845) 149 What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? (1852) 210 William Wells Brown (1814–1884) 221 Narrative of William Wells Brown, an American Slave. Written by Himself. (1847, 1850) 223 The Escape; or, a Leap for Freedom: A Drama in Five Acts (1858) 263 Martin Robison Delany (1812–1885) 299 Extracts from The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States (1852) 300 Chapter 1. Condition of Many Classes in Europe Considered 300 Chapter 2. Comparative Condition of the Colored People of the United States 301 Chapter 3. American Colonization 308 Chapter 4. Our Elevation in the United States 311 Chapter 5. Means of Elevation 313 Chapter 6. The United States Our Country 316 Chapter 17. Emigration of the Colored People of the United States 317 Chapter 23. A Glance at Ourselves – Conclusion 317 Harriet E. Adams Wilson (1825–1900) 323 Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (1859) 324 Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813–1897) 365 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself. (1861) 367 Part 3 The Literatures of Reconstruction, Racial Uplift, and the New Negro: c.1865–1920 491 Introduction 493 Frank J. Webb (1828–1894) 497 Two Wolves and a Lamb (1870) 498 Marvin Hayle (1870) 524 Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859–1930) 548 Peculiar Sam, or the Underground Railroad: A Musical Drama in Four Acts (1879) 550 Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858–1932) 565 What Is a White Man? (1889) 567 The Marrow of Tradition (1901) 573 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911) 718 From Sketches of Southern Life (1891) 720 Aunt Chloe 720 The Deliverance 722 Aunt Chloe’s Politics 729 Learning to Read 729 Church Building 731 The Reunion 731 Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted (1892) 733 Anna Julia Cooper (1858–1964) 852 Extract from A Voice from the South (1892) 853 Womanhood: A Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race 853 Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) 867 From Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896) 869 The Poet and His Song 869 Accountability 870 Frederick Douglass 871 A Prayer 872 Passion and Love 873 An Ante-Bellum Sermon 873 Ode to Ethiopia 876 Whittier 877 A Banjo Song 877 To Louise 879 Alice 880 After the Quarrel 880 Beyond the Years 881 The Spellin’-Bee 882 A Negro Love Song 884 The Colored Soldiers 885 Nature and Art 887 When De Co’n Pone’s Hot 888 The Deserted Plantation 889 We Wear the Mask 890 Phyllis 891 When Malindy Sings 891 Extract from The Heart of Happy Hollow (1904) 893 The Lynching of Jube Benson 893 Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) 899 Extract from Up from Slavery (1901) 901 Chapter 14. The Atlanta Exposition Address 901 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) 909 The Souls of Black Folk (1903) 912 James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) 1026 The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912, 1927) 1028 Glossary 1102 Timeline 1110 Name Index 1121 Subject Index 1126
Gene Andrew Jarrett is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Boston University. He earned his A.B. in English from Princeton University and his A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Jarrett is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (2007), and the editor or co-editor of several volumes and collections of African American literature and literary criticism. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Editorial Advisory Board Daphne A. Brooks, Princeton University Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University Margo Natalie Crawford, Cornell University Madhu Dubey, University of Illinois, Chicago Michele Elam, Stanford University Philip Gould, Brown University George B. Hutchinson, Cornell University Marlon B. Ross, University of Virginia Cherene M. Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Madison James Edward Smethurst, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Werner Sollors, Harvard University John Stauffer, Harvard University Jeffrey Allen Tucker, University of Rochester Ivy G. Wilson, Northwestern University
The Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature is a comprehensive collection of poems, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, autobiographies, and essays authored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until the present. Evenly divided into two volumes, it is also the first such anthology to be conceived and published for both classroom and online education in the new millennium. The first volume explores literature up to 1920 and the second, literature since 1920. The contents result from extensive research on the needs of students and instructors, the cutting-edge developments in scholarship, and the expert guidance of Gene Andrew Jarrett and the diverse and distinguished advisory editors. As a result, the anthology organizes literary texts according to more appropriate periods of literary history, dividing them into seven sections that accurately depict intellectual, cultural, and political movements. Volume 1 showcases the special literatures of Africa, the Middle Passage, and slavery in the early national period; of slavery and freedom in the antebellum and Civil War periods; and of Reconstruction and racial uplift in the New Negro period. Volume 2 exhibits the remarkable literatures of the New Negro Renaissance in the modern period; of modernism, modernity, and civil rights; of nationalism, militancy, and the Black Aesthetic; and, finally, of the contemporary period. With the inclusion of extensive pedagogical features, including a preface, volume and period introductions, author headnotes, selected scholarly bibliographies, and textual annotations, the anthology is strategically designed to support students and instructors, and address the latest critical and scholarly approaches to African American literature.
“While anthologies, particularly in coverage of periods the most distant from our own, tend to suffer from a difficulty in having individual works maintain conversation with one another, Professor Jarrett’s new anthology performs this task with ease. Each example in every genre is carefully chosen; some are new works that have been often discussed, but rarely anthologized. The entirety is a rich presentation of African American literature to the student, a welcoming introduction for the general reader, and a ready resource for scholars.” —Nathan L. Grant, African American Review "Expansive, instructive, fascinating and surprising, this magnificent anthology is pieced together with superb editorial judgment and offers insights on every page. Here is a rich, many-voiced literary tradition unfolding across the centuries in all its exhilarating diversity and unmatched power. Certain to become seminal and essential, this is a treasure that belongs on all our bookshelves." —Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham "A deeply and dynamically qualitative engagement with the complex history of African American literary expression, from its broad, interconnecting roots through to its diverse socio-political outlook. As Gene Andrew Jarrett attests, this is not an encyclopedic volume, nor does it intend to be: instead, Jarrett provides the reader with a cogent and memorable seminar in the intellectual history of U.S. Black creative expression. Essential analyses of style, genre, and artistic revolutions are present here, allowing each selection to retain its unique contribution even while locating it within collective movements. For instructors, this anthology will provide even neophytes with a rich, layered, and nuanced understanding of a grand tradition; for scholars and lay readers alike, this anthology offers a new yet grounded take on a literature and a people three centuries old yet always in the making and (re)making." —Michelle M. Wright, Northwestern University "The Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature is a welcome new intervention, full of strikingly fresh choices and featuring as many works in their entirety, and as many longer selections of major works, as possible. These volumes will help recast the vast range of U.S. black writing for a generation to come." —Eric Lott, University of Virginia
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