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J. Saunders Redding and the African American Campus Novel

Stephanie Brown

in The Postwar African American Novel

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781604739732
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781604739749 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.003.0006
J. Saunders Redding and the African American Campus Novel

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This chapter focuses on the African American literary historian and critic J. Saunders Redding, who was highly criticized for holding positions deemed too radical in the 1930s and insufficiently radical in the 1960s. He was dismissed from his first teaching position because of his support of W. E. B. Du Bois’s demands for political and social equality was judged to be too radical, but his refusal in the 1960s to embrace the essentialist and separatist discourses at the heart of the Black Arts and Black Power movements earned him the ire of black nationalists. In spite of this, Redding remained crucial to the postwar debate over race, politics, and literature. His work spans an extraordinary range of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, critical and autobiographical.

Keywords: social equality; J. Saunders Redding; W. E. B. Du Bois; separatist discourses; Black Arts; Black Power

Chapter.  11229 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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