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The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary African American Literature

Edited by Yogita Goyal

This new collected edited by English and African American studies Professor Yogita Goyal, is part of the Cambridge Companions to Literature series.

African American literature has changed in startling ways since the end of the Black Arts era. The last five decades have generated new paradigms of racial formation and new patterns of cultural production, circulation, and reception. This volume takes up the challenge of mapping the varied and changing field of contemporary African American writing. Balancing the demands of historical and political context with attention to aesthetic innovation, leading scholars consider the history, practice, and future directions of the field. Examining various historical forces shaping the creation of innovative genres, the turn to the afterlife of slavery, the pull toward protest, and the impact of new and expanded geographies and methods, seventeen thought-provoking chapters and a detailed Introduction provide an invaluable point of reference for readers seeking rigorous and cutting-edge analyses of the reading and writing of contemporary African American literature.

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