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All Stories Are True

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Author: Tracie Church Guzzio
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781617030055
Size: 80.88 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 352
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Book Description: In All Stories Are True, Tracie Church Guzzio provides the first full-length study of John Edgar Wideman’s entire oeuvre to date. Specifically, Guzzio examines the ways in which Wideman (b. 1941) engages with three crucial themes-history, myth, and trauma-throughout his career, showing how they intertwine. Guzzio argues that, for four decades, the influential African American writer has endeavored to create a version of the African American experience that runs counter to mainstream interpretations, using history and myth to confront and then heal the trauma caused by slavery and racism. Wideman's work intentionally blurs boundaries between fiction and autobiography, myth and history, particularly as that history relates to African American experience in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fusion of fiction, national history, and Wideman's personal life is characteristic of his style, which-due to its complexity and smudging of genre distinctions-has presented analytic difficulties for literary scholars. Despite winning the PEN/Faulkner award twice, for Sent for You Yesterday (1984) and Philadelphia Fire (1990), Wideman remains under-studied. Of particular value is Guzzio's analysis of the many ways in which Wideman alludes to his previous works. This intertextuality allows Wideman to engage his books in direct, intentional dialogue with each other through repeated characters, images, folktales, and songs. In Wideman's challenging of a monolithic view of history and presenting alternative perspectives to it, and his allowing past, present, and future time to remain fluid in the narratives, Guzzio finds an author firm in his notion that all stories and all perspectives have merit.


Brothers And Keepers

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Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1982148764
Size: 37.77 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Book Description: “A rare triumph” (The New York Times Book Review), this powerful memoir about the divergent paths taken by two brothers is a classic work from one of the greatest figures in American literature: a reflection on John Edgar Wideman’s family and his brother’s incarceration—a classic that is as relevant now as when originally published in 1984. A “brave and brilliant” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, the classic John Edgar Wideman memoir, Brothers and Keepers, is a haunting portrait of two brothers—one an award-winning writer, the other a fugitive wanted for a robbery that resulted in a murder. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother, Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system. A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, affection, and guilt that connect Wideman and his brother and measures the distance that lies between them. “If you care at all about brotherhood and dignity…this is a must-read book” (The Denver Post). With a new afterword by his brother Robert Wideman, recently released after more than fifty years in prison.


John Edgar Wideman

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Author: Doreatha D. Mbalia
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Size: 60.42 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 132
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Book Description: "John Edgar Wideman's process of decentering himself from European life and culture and centering himself within African life and culture is the focus of this study." "In this critical review of the works of Wideman, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia argues that the author's early writings are characterized by a self-hatred that is shaped by explicit and implicit messages he receives as an African living in a racist, capitalist society. These messages are reinforced by European-style, westernized familial and educational influences. However, Mbalia argues that once Wideman experiences several unfortunate family occurrences, witnesses the growing pride and dignity younger Africans feel in regard to their history, and simply "lives and learns," his perspective shifts from one that is clearly centered in European culture and tradition to one that is at the heart of African culture and tradition. This shift reflects a new way of seeing, thinking, and writing about himself, his family, the African community and its institutions, African people in general, and African women in particular." "This shift in point of view is not reflected only in theme, but also in structure. In later works, Wideman's writing style no longer imitates that of such European writers as T. S. Eliot, but imitates that of the African community, with all of its jive, rap, and hokey-pokey nuances. Once Wideman sees himself as one of many Africans all over the world who are exploited and oppressed, his perspective broadens as well. In the later work, the point of view is no longer national in scope, but rather international, tackling such issues as apartheid in South Africa and reflecting the international scope of capitalism."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


The Life And Work Of John Edgar Wideman

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Author: Keith E. Byerman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313366349
Size: 11.75 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 194
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Book Description: Challenging. Successful. Controversial. All terms used to accurately describe African American novelist and autobiographer John Edgar Wideman. This book examines his life and work—and the connections between them.


Philadelphia Fire

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Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1982148853
Size: 13.48 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 208
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Book Description: One of John Wideman’s most ambitious and celebrated works, the lyrical masterpiece and PEN/Faulkner winner inspired by the 1985 police bombing of the West Philadelphia row house owned by black liberation group Move. In 1985, police bombed a West Philadelphia row house owned by the Afrocentric cult known as Move, killing eleven people and starting a fire that destroyed sixty other houses. At the heart of Philadelphia Fire is Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighborhood after spending a decade fleeing from his past, and who becomes obsessed with the search for a lone survivor of the event: a young boy seen running from the flames. Award-winning author John Edgar Wideman brings these events and their repercussions to shocking life in this seminal novel. “Reminiscent of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” (Time) and Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, Philadelphia Fire is a masterful, culturally significant work that takes on a major historical event and takes us on a brutally honest journey through the despair and horror of life in urban America.


Fanon

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Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547349053
Size: 25.16 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 240
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Book Description: A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Frantz Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of African descent in Martinique in 1925, Fanon fought in defense of France during World War II but later against France in Algeria’s war for independence. His last book, The Wretched of the Earth, published in 1961, inspired leaders of diverse liberation movements: Steve Biko in South Africa, Che Guevara in Latin America, the Black Panthers in the States. Wideman’s novel is disguised as the project of a contemporary African American novelist,Thomas, who undertakes writing a life of Fanon. The result is an electrifying mix of perspectives, traveling from Manhattan to Paris to Algeria to Pittsburgh. Part whodunit, part screenplay, part love story, Fanon introduces the French film director Jean-Luc Godard to the ailing Mrs. Wideman in Homewood and chases the meaning of Fanon’s legacy through our violent, post-9/11 world, which seems determined to perpetuate the evils Fanon sought to rectify.


Ready For Revolution

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Author: Stokely Carmichael
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684850036
Size: 41.37 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 835
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Book Description: The personal story of the civil rights leader's work and life, published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of his death, discusses his witness to and experiences with the prison farms and lynch mobs of Mississippi, the firefights and political activism of the African liberation wars, and the efforts of Black Power and Pan-Africanism. 40,000 first printing.


Blackness And Modernism

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Author: James W. Coleman
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ISBN: 9781604738469
Size: 72.11 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 178
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Book Description: The first comprehensive study of the prominent African American author John Edgar Wideman and his novels


What Forms Can Do

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Author: Patrick Crowley
Publisher: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures
ISBN: 1789620651
Size: 41.81 MB
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Category : Form (Philosophy)
Languages : en
Pages : 304
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Book Description: This volume responds to important questions about the formal properties of literary texts and the agency of form. A central feature of twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone writing has been the exploration of how cultural forms (literary, philosophical and visual) create distinctive semiotic environments and at the same time engage powerfully with external realities. How does form propose a bridge between the environment of the text and the world beyond? What kinds of formal innovations have authors devised in response to the complexity of that world? How do the formal properties of texts inflect our reading of them, and perhaps also our apprehension of the real? In addressing such questions as they apply to a wide corpus of texts, including the novel, life writing, the essay, travel writing, poetry and textual/visual experiments, the chapters in this volume offer new perspectives on a wide range of creative figures including Proust, Picasso, Breton, Bataille, Ponge, Guillevic, Certeau, Camus, Barthes, Perec, Roubaud, Chauvet, Savitzkaya, Eribon, Ernaux, Laurens and Akerman. Collectively, they renew the engagement with form that has been a key feature of French cultural production and of analysis in French studies.


Choice

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Size: 76.62 MB
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Category : Academic libraries
Languages : en
Pages :
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Writing Blackness

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Author: James W. Coleman
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807138151
Size: 25.27 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 206
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Book Description: One of the most critically acclaimed and prolific yet least-recognized contemporary writers, African American author John Edgar Wideman creates work that has a reputation for being difficult, even unfathomable. In Writing Blackness, James Coleman examines Wideman's work with the goal of making sense of his often elusive imagery and dense style and broadening his readership.


The Wiley Blackwell Anthology Of African American Literature Volume 2

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Author: Gene Andrew Jarrett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118559509
Size: 66.70 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 1120
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Book Description: The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature is a comprehensive collection of poems, short stories, novellas, novels, plays, autobiographies, and essays authored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until the present. Evenly divided into two volumes, it is also the first such anthology to be conceived and published for both classroom and online education in the new millennium. Reflects the current scholarly and pedagogic structure of African American literary studies Selects literary texts according to extensive research on classroom adoptions, scholarship, and the expert opinions of leading professors Organizes literary texts according to more appropriate periods of literary history, dividing them into seven sections that accurately depict intellectual, cultural, and political movements Includes more reprints of entire works and longer selections of major works than any other anthology of its kind This second volume contains a comprehensive collection of texts authored by African Americans from the 1920s to the present The two volumes of this landmark anthology can also be bought as a set, at over 20% savings.