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African-American Literature to 1925: A Short Selected Secondary Bibliography

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Adell, Sandra. Double Consciousness/Double Blind: Theoretical Issues in Twentieth-Century Black Literature. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Ammons, Elizabeth, and Annette White-Parks, eds. Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.

Ammons, Elizabeth. Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford Press, 1991

Andrews, William L, ed. African American Autobiography: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1993.

Andrews, William.  Critical Essays on Frederick Douglass. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991.

Andrews, William L. To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.

Andrews, William L., Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, eds. The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Bell, Bernard W. The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987.

Boelhower, William. Through a Glass Darkly: Ethnic Semiosis in American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Bontemps, Arna.The Harlem Renaissance Remembered. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1972.

Braxton, Joanne. Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

Brown, Sterling. Negro Poetry and Drama & The Negro in America Fiction. [1937] Preface by Robert A. Bone. New York: Atheneum, 1969.

Bruce, Dickson D., Jr. Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution of a Literary Tradition, 1877-1915. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Callahan, John F. In the African-American Grain: Call-and-Response in Twentieth-Century Black Fiction. 2nd ed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1990.

Russ Castronovo, Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom.

Chambers-Schiller, Lee Virginia, and Sidney Kaplan, eds. Black and White in American Culture. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1969.

Christian, Barbara. Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Christian, Barbara. Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, 1892-1976. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Davies, Carole Boyce. Black Women, Writing, and Identity: Migrations of the Subject. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Davis, Charles T., and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Slave's Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Douglas, Ann. Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s. New York: Farrar, 1995.

duCille, Ann. The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Foster, Frances Smith. The Development of Ante-bellum Slave Narratives. 2nd. ed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1994.

Foster, Frances Smith. Written by Herself: Literary Production of Early African American Women Writers.

Gardner, Jared. Master Plots: Race and the Founding of American Literature, 1787-1845. 1998.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the "Racial" Self. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Loose Canons. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed. Black Literature and Literary Theory. New York: Methuen, 1984.

Greene, J. Lee. Blacks in Eden: The African American Novel's First Century. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996.

Griffin, Farah Jasmine. "Who Set you Flowin'?": The African-American Migration Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Gunning, Sandra. Race, Rape, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890-1912. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Holloway, Karla F.C. Moorings and Metaphors: Figures of Culture and Gender in Black Women's Literature. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Hubbard, Dolan. The Sermon and the African American Literary Imagination. Columbia University of Missouri Press, 1994.

Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford U P, 1971.

Hull, Gloria. Color, Sex, and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1987.

Hutchinson, George. The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White. Cambridge: Belknap P of Harvard U P, 1995.

Jackson, Blyden. The History of Afro-American Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989-.

Jordan, Casper LeRoy. A Bibliographical Guide to African-American Women Writers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.

Kinney, James. Amalgamation! Race, Sex, and Rhetoric in the Nineteenth-Century American Novel. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

Levine, Lawrence W. Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Levine, Robert. Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity. 1998.

Locke, Alain, ed. The New Negro. 1925. New York: Atheneum, 1968.

McDowell, Deborah E., ed. The Changin Same: Black Women's Literature, Criticism, and Theory. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1995.

McDowell, Deborah E., and Arnold Rampersad, eds. Slavery and the Literary Imagination. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Mishkin, Tracy, ed. Literary Influence and African-American Writers: Collected Essays. New York: Garland, 1996.

Mitchell, Angelyn, ed. Within the Circle: An Anthology of African American Literary Criticism from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.

Montgomery, Maxine Lavon. The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996.

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Nelson, Dana.  The Word in Black and White: Reading "Race" in American Literature, 1638-1867.

Olney, James.  “‘I Was Born’: Slaves Narratives, Their Status as Autobiography and as Literature,” in Charles T. Davis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. The Slave’s Narrative. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985. 148-175.

Pryse, Marjorie, and Hortense J. Spillers. Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown, and Jerry W. Ward, Jr., eds. Redefining American Literary History. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990.

Scruggs, Charles. Sweet Home: Invisible Cities in the Afro-American Novel. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. Sekora, John, and Darwin T. Turner, eds. The Art of Slave Narrative: Original Essays in Criticism and Theory. Macomb: Western Illinois University Press, 1982.

Snead, James. "Racist Trends in Postmodernist Theory and Literature." Critical Quarterly 33.1 (1991): 31-39.

Snead, James, Cornel West, and Colin MacCabe. White Images/Black Images: Hollywood from the Dark Side. New York : Routledge, 1994.

Snead, James A. "On Repetition in Black Culture." Black American Literature Forum 15.4 (1981): 146-54.

Sollors, Werner. Neither Black nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature. New York: Oxford U P, 1997.

Stepto, Robert. From Behind The Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979.

Sundquist, Eric, ed. Frederick Douglass: New Literary and Historical Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990.

Sundquist, Eric. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1993.

Tate, Claudia. Domestic Allegories of Political Desire: The Black Heroine's Text at the turn of the Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Wall, Cheryl. Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1995.

Warren, Kenneth W. Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Whitlow, Roger. Black American Literature: A Critical History. Rev. ed. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1976.

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