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The "dark heathenism" of the American novelist Ishmael Reed; African voodoo as American literary hoodoo.


The "dark heathenism" of the American novelist Ishmael Reed; African voodoo as American literary hoodoo.

Mvuyekure, Pierre-Damien.

Edwin Mellen Pr.


301 pages




Mvuyekure (English and African-American literature, U. of Northern Iowa) presents an analysis of the work of the 20th-century African American novelist, poet, and essayist, Ishmael Reed. Mvuyekure argues that Neo- HooDooism, an African Voodoo-derived aesthetic, evinces Reed's postcolonial transformation of colonialist discources into discourses of self-empowerment and self- representation. The text studies Reed's Neo-Hoodooism as a postcolonial discourse/literary theory and a multicultural poetics through which Reed reconnects the African Diaspora to Africa within a global perspective. A brief overview of Reed and an introduction to the text are followed by analyses of The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967), Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), Mumbo Jumbo (1972), The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974), Flight to Canada (1976), The Terrible Twos (1982), The Terrible Threes (1989), Reckless Eyeballing (1986), and Japanese by Spring (1993).

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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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