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Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Daylanne K. English

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Each Hour Redeem will be the first monograph to focus on how time has been represented materially, politically, and philosophically throughout the African American literary tradition. It therefore ... More


“Seize the Time!”: Strategic Presentism in the Black Arts Movement

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Beginning with the under-studied Dasein poets, this chapter argues that during the Black Arts era, African American writers represented black people as fully of their times, partly by connecting the ... More


Political Fictions

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The introduction establishes my analytic categories, vocabulary (especially strategic anachronism and strategic presentism) and central arguments by focusing on very different texts in a ... More


“The Death of the Last Black Man”: Repetition, Lynching, and Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century African American Literature

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

I focus on Grimké’s anti-lynching play Rachel (1916), Wright’s naturalist novel Native Son (1940), Gaines’s elegiac novel A Lesson Before Dying (1994), and Parks’s postmodern play The Death of the ... More


Being Black There: Contemporary African American Detective Fiction

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

I argue for literary, philosophical, and political motives in Walter Mosley’s return to a kind of writing born in and of 1930s cynicism, hard-boiled detective fiction. Like Richard Wright’s ... More


Political Truths

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

I return to Suzan-Lori Parks, whose insight “Standard Time Line and Standard Plot Line are in cahoots!” appears as the first epigraph in the book. I focus on Parks’s 365 Days/365 Plays in which she ... More


“Temporal Damage”: Pragmatism and Plessy in African American Novels, 1896–1902

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Oliver Wendell Holmes’s most famous pragmatist legal saying was that “the life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.” I argue that Hopkins, Chesnutt and Dunbar published novels in ... More


Ticking, Not Talking: Timekeeping in Early African American Literature

Daylanne K. English

in Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679898
eISBN:
9781452948553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

I develop the relationship between the material history of timekeeping and the content and form of 18th and 19th century African American and Black Atlantic texts, including: Gronniosaw’s and ... More


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