Ulysses in Black; Ralph Ellison, classicism, and African American literature.0299220001
Ulysses in Black; Ralph Ellison, classicism, and African American literature African American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. The genre traces its origins to the works of such late 18th century writers as Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano, reached early high points with slave narratives .
Rankine, Patrice D.
U. of Wisconsin Press
Wisconsin studies in classics
Rankine (classics, Purdue U.) takes an entirely new, and extremely valuable, approach to the problem of Eurocentrism in his assertion that the classical tradition can be part of a self-conscious, prideful approach to African American culture African American culture or Black culture, in the United States, includes the various cultural traditions of African American communities. It is both part of, and distinct from American culture. The U.S. , esthetics esthetics: see aesthetics. and identity. He analyzes classical themes in such African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Countee Cullen. Rankine finds that the merging of a black esthetic with the classics has often been a radical addressing of concerns, including violence against blacks, racism and oppression.
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