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A History of African American Poetry

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African American poetry is as old as America itself, yet this touchstone of American identity is often overlooked. In this critical history of African American poetry, from its origins in the transatlantic slave trade, to present day hip-hop, Lauri Ramey traces African American poetry from slave songs to today's award-winning poets. Covering a wide range of styles and forms, canonical figures like Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) are brought side by side with lesser known poets who explored diverse paths of bold originality. Calling for a revised and expanded canon, Ramey shows how some poems were suppressed while others were lauded, while also examining the role of music, women, innovation, and art as political action in African American poetry. Conceiving of a new canon reveals the influential role of African American poetry in defining and reflecting the United States at all points in the nation's history.

Product code: 9781107035478

ISBN 9781107035478
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H236xW159xS18
No. Of Pages 278
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This is the only critical history of African American poetry from its origins to the present. African American poetry is as old as America and a touchstone of American identity, but is often overlooked. This is the only book providing an overview of this genre from spirituals to hip-hop.