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The Art of Chaos: Community and African American Literary Traditions

John Ernest

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Art of Chaos: Community and African American Literary Traditions

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This article examines African American literary traditions during the nineteenth century. It suggests that African American literary history of this time is often taken to be a rather self-evident tradition and describes the collection of works published by African American writers that were considered to have a literary veil obscuring the real work of political protest and activism. The article analyzes the works of William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, and William Grimes in the context of African American literary and cultural theory.

Keywords: African American literature; literary tradition; political protest; activism; William Wells Brown; Martin Delany; William Grimes

Article.  7661 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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