The Cry of Black Rage in African American Literature: From Frederick Douglass to Richard Wright

The Cry of Black Rage in African American Literature: From Frederick Douglass to Richard Wright


By (author) Steven Troy Moore

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  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 229mm x 19mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0773440771
  • ISBN 13: 9780773440777

Product description

This is the first book to focus entirely on how the emotion of rage factors into the African American experience of racial oppression in America. It takes notable black scholarship on the subject ranging from Frederick Douglass to the contemporary cultural critic bell hooks. This book examines the contrasting experiences of black rage that is exhibited in the writings of male and female African American authors. It boldly captures the compelling theme of the white silence and the black rage that battled each other from the early days of slavery up to the pre-Civil Rights Movement. It exposes the birth of black rage and the African American experience through such writers as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ann Jacobs. Next, it gives a painful glimpse into the complicated experience of the biracial in the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of Charles Chesnutt and Nella Larsen. Finally, this study concludes with an astounding view of the modern state of black rage through the controversial writings of Richard Wright and Ann Petry. Currently, many studies present a one-dimensional analysis of black rage; however, this book provides a comprehensive examination of this phenomenon. From the viewpoint of African American authors, it traces the gender differences of black rage that span one hundred years and includes valuable insights from such brilliant scholars as Bell Hooks, Cornel West, Barbara Christian, Martha J. Cutter, Deborah E. McDowell, and James Baldwin.

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Review quote

"This very fine study of black rage in literature by male and female African American writers over a century of time and prior to the civil rights movement is a major contribution." (Prof. Maureen Honey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) "It will equip readers to have a sound understanding of rage which will enable them to experience a greater degree of emotional and mental health." (Prof. Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University)"

Table of contents

1. Foreword by Maureen Honey; 2. "Get Over It"; 3. Examining a Century of Silence and Rage in African American Literature (1865-1946); 4. The Duality of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ann Jacobs; 5. Richard Wright's Explosive Rage; 6. Silent Trees: Personal Reflections on Silence and Rage.