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Consciousness of FBI Ghostreading Fills a Deep and Characteristic Vein of African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part argues that Afro-modernist literature “pre-responded” to FBI inspection, internalizing the likelihood of Bureau ghostreading and publicizing its implications with growing bluntness and ... More


The FBI’s Aggressive Filing and Long Study of African American Writers Was Tightly Bound to the Agency’s Successful Evolution under Hoover

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Retracing some of the main lines of FBI history, this part demonstrates how Bureau counterliterature was stamped by four distinct phases of the institution's developing Hoover era, altogether long ... More


The FBI Is Perhaps the Most Dedicated and Influential Forgotten Critic of African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part illuminates the interpretive assumptions of Bureau ghostreading against the backdrop of the best-documented entanglement of American criticism with American espionage: namely, the firsthand ... More


The FBI Helped to Define the Twentieth-Century Black Atlantic, Both Blocking and Forcing Its Flows

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part marshals the largely uncompiled evidence of FBI author files to suggest that the worst suspicions about the stakeout of Paris noir were basically correct—that Wright was not too wrong, it ... More


The Birth of the Bureau, Coupled with the Birth of J. Edgar Hoover, Ensured the FBI’s Attention to African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part aims to add depth and detail to less-familiar portraits of Hoover as a young militant, and to establish the character of the also young law enforcement agency he joined in the wake of World ... More


F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). But behind the scenes, the FBI's hostility to black protest was ... More


Introduction

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter first discusses the FBI's surveillance African American writers and imitation of black prose as part of its struggle against African American protest. It argues that unlike ... More


Introduction

Joanna Brooks

in American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African American and Native American Literatures

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195332919
eISBN:
9780199851263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332919.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to reconstruct the founding moments of African American and Native American literatures. These American literary traditions ... More


Accidents Going Somewhere to Happen: African-American Self-Definition at Mid-Century

Steven Belletto

in No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Beginning with a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s more recent novel The Intuitionist (1999), chapter four covers a range of works, from the most influential African-American novels of mid-century, ... More


Who Set You Flowin?: The African-American Migration Narrative

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195088960
eISBN:
9780199855148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195088960.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book is the first sustained study of migration as it is portrayed in African American literature, letters, music, and painting. It identifies the “migration narrative” as a dominant African ... More


New Negro Politics from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

Gene Andrew Jarrett

in Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores politics in literature, interpreting New Negro politics as a paradigm. New Negro politics accounts for a cultural formation that sought to overcome the prevailing theme that ... More


Introduction: Toward a New Political History of African American Literature

Gene Andrew Jarrett

in Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the political value of African American literature through an examination of Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama. Prior to their careers as elected ... More


Water and African American Memory: An Ecocritical Perspective

Anissa Janine Wardi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813037455
eISBN:
9780813042343
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037455.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book contributes to the fields of African American, ecocritical, and literary studies, as it offers a sustained treatise on watercourses in the African American expressive tradition. It builds ... More


Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America

Katy L. Chiles

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199313501
eISBN:
9780199350728
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313501.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Racial thought at the close of the eighteenth century differed radically from that of the nineteenth century, when the concept of race as a fixed biological category would emerge. Instead, many early ... More


The Postmodern Moment in Black Literary and Cultural Studies

Madhu Dubey

in Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226167268
eISBN:
9780226167282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226167282.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter spells out what exactly it means to speak of a postmodern moment in African–American studies. Selectively examining key texts from various disciplines, it sketches the lineaments of a ... More


Introduction

Shirley Moody-Turner

in Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617038853
eISBN:
9781621039785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038853.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The introduction details an alternative genealogy through which to approach both African American folklore studies and African American literary engagements with black folklore in the ... More


Copyright Law, Free Speech, and the Transformative Value of African American Literature

Gene Andrew Jarrett

in Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the 2001 case SunTrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Company, a case which debated and determined the transformative potential of African American literature in the realm of social ... More


Remembering the Way into Membership

Jodi Eichler-Levine

in Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children's Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722992
eISBN:
9780814724002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722992.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the logic underlying most of the Jewish and African American children's literature discussed in this book. It begins with a brief introduction to the histories of Jewish and ... More


Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Gene Andrew Jarrett

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The political value of African American literature has long been a topic of great debate among American writers, both black and white, from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama. This book traces the ... More


We Must Make Literature to Make Public Opinion

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator: A Collection of Writings, 1880-1928

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032320
eISBN:
9780813039084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0030
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter presents the editorial, “We Must Make Literature to Make Public Opinion,” where Fortune aligned himself with others during the Harlem Renaissance, calling on African Americans “to make ... More


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