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Author Chinosole, 1942-

Title The African diaspora & autobiographics : skeins of self and skin / Chinosole
Published New York : P. Lang, [2001]


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 MELB  809.9896 C5399/A  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 187 pages ; 23 cm
Series San Francisco State University series in philosophy, 1067-0017 ; v. 11
San Francisco State University series in philosophy ; v. 11
Contents 1. "Tryin' to Get Over": Narrative Strategy in Equiano's Autobiography -- 2. Individual and Collective Selves Portrayed in Wright's Black Boy -- 3. Tell Freedom as Analogue to Black Boy -- 4. Agostinho Neto's Sagrada esperanca -- 5. "The Act of Speaking in Tongues": Communal Presence and Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin -- 6. A Radical Iconography: From Harriet Jacobs to Assata Shakur -- 7. Doubling Exposure with Inadmissible Evidence -- 8. Audre Lorde and Matrilineal Diaspora: "moving history beyond nightmare into structures for the future ..." -- 9. Conclusion: Skeins of Self and Skin
Summary "Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural in approach, African Diaspora and Autobiographics locates the dialogic and symbiotic connection between diverse autobiographical accounts of writers in the African diaspora. Beginning with an analysis of the abolitionist narratives of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ex-slaves, Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Jacobs, Chinosole traces the political and aesthetic linkages between these early writings and autobiographical literature produced by writers in the twentieth century, namely Richard Wright, Peter Abrahams, George Lamming, Agostinho Neto, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, and Evelyn Williams. African Diaspora and Autobiographics focuses on the affirmative function of Afrikan autobiography as a counter-hegemonic response to the history of racist representation and, more important, as a powerful enactment of Black iconography in the struggle for liberation."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [163]-175) and index
Subject American prose literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Autobiographical fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Africans -- Foreign countries -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Autobiographical fiction -- History and criticism.
Blacks -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Autobiography -- African American authors.
African Americans in literature.
Autobiography -- Black authors.
Blacks in literature.
Self in literature.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
LC no. 98053351
ISBN 0820438170 alkaline paper
Other Titles African diaspora and autobiographics