Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature(English, Hardcover, Gardner Eric Gardner)

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Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: University Press Of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604732832, 1604732830

Edition: 2009

Pages: 258

Winner 2010 Outstanding Academic Title Choice Winner 2010 EBSCOhost / Research Society for American Periodicals Book
Prize Honorable Mention 2010 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, Western Literature Association In January of 1861, on the eve of
both the Civil War and the rebirth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's "Christian Recorder," John Mifflin Brown
wrote to the paper praising its editor Elisha Weaver: "It takes our Western boys to lead off. I am proud of your paper."
Weaver's story, though, like many of the contributions of early black literature outside of the urban Northeast, has
almost vanished. "Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature" recovers the work of
early African American authors and editors such as Weaver who have been left off maps drawn by historians and literary
critics. Individual chapters restore to consideration black literary locations in antebellum St. Louis, antebellum
Indiana, Reconstruction-era San Francisco, and several sites tied to the Philadelphia-based Recorder during and after
the Civil War. In conversation with both archival sources and contemporary scholarship, "Unexpected Places" calls for a
large-scale rethinking of the nineteenth-century African American literary landscape. In addition to revisiting such
better-known writers as William Wells Brown, Maria Stewart, and Hannah Crafts, "Unexpected Places" offers the first
critical considerations of important figures including William Jay Greenly, Jennie Carter, Polly Wash, and Lizzie Hart.
The book's discussion of physical locations leads naturally to careful study of how region is tied to genre, authorship,
publication circumstances, the black press, domestic and nascent black nationalist ideologies, and black mobility in the
nineteenth century.
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: University Press Of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604732832, 1604732830
Edition: 2009
Pages: 258
Publication Year: 2009
Author: Gardner Eric Gardner
Width: 1.05 Inches (US)
Height: 9.21 Inches (US)
Weight: 1.17 Pounds (US)