After Winter

After Winter : The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown

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John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy have brought together for the first time a book-length collection of critical and theoretical writings about Sterling A. Brown that recovers and reasserts his continuing importance for a contemporary audience. Exploring new directions in the study of Brown's life and work, After Winter is structured around the following three features: (1) new and previously published essays that sum up contemporary approaches to the multifaceted works that Brown created in a variety of genres; (2) interviews with Brown's acquaitances and contemporaries that articulate his unique aesthetic vision and communicate his importance as a scholar, creative writer, and teacher; and (3) a discography of source material that innovatively extends the study and teaching of Brown's acclaimed poetry, especially his Southern Road, focusing on recordings of folk materials relevant to the subject matter, style, and meaning of individual poems from his oeuvre.show more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 28mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1 black and white halftone
  • 0195365801
  • 9780195365801

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The mind, the lore, and the legacy of Sterling A. Brown emerge in robust voices in After Winter. Brown's bold intellectualism and rich cultural style inspired the essays that John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy meticulously collected here, and Brown's blues spirit quickens each page. * Joanne V. Gabbin, author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition *show more

About John Edgar Tidwell

John Edgar Tidwell is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas. Awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, among many others, have enabled him to publish widely on aspects of African American literature, focusing especially on poets Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes, and Frank Marshall Davis. Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Among his book publications are Langston Hughes and the Blues (University of Illinois Press, 1988); Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City (University of Illinois Press 1993); A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison (Oxford University Press, 2004); and A Historical Guide to Langston Hughes (Oxford University Press, 2003). He was also general co-editor of The Collected Works of Langston Hughesshow more

Table of contents

Part I. Revelations ; JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, INTRODUCTION TO SOUTHERN ROAD (1932) ; ALAIN LOCKE, "STERLING BROWN: THE NEW NEGRO FOLK-POET" ; STEPHEN E. HENDERSON, "THE HEAVY BLUES OF STERLING BROWN: A STUDY OF CRAFT AND TRADITION" ; HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., REVIEW OF THE COLLECTED POEMS ; Part II. "A Nachal Man": Formal and Vernacular Aesthetic Theories ; ROBERT STEPTO, "'WHEN DE SAINTS GO MA'CHIN' HOME': STERLING BROWN'S BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW NEGRO POETRY" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL, "TWO WRITERS SHARING: STERLING A. BROWN, ROBERT FROST, AND 'IN DIVES' DIVE'" ; KIMBERLY W. BENSTON, "LISTEN BR'ER STERLING: THE CRITIC AS LIAR [A PRE(R)AMBLE TO ESSAYS ON STERLING BROWN]" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL AND TED GENOWAYS (EDS.), "TWO LOST SONNETS BY STERLING A. BROWN" ; MICHAEL TOMASEK MANSON, "WORRYING THE LINES: VERSIFICATION IN STERLING BROWN'S SOUTHERN ROAD" ; Part III. Folk-Say and Living-People-Lore ; ROBERT G. O'MEALLY, "'GAME TO THE HEART': STERLING BROWN AND THE BADMAN" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL, "SLIM GREER, STERLING A. BROWN, AND THE ART OF TALL TALE" ; JOHN S. WRIGHT, "THE NEW NEGRO POET AND THE NACHAL MAN: STERLING BROWN'S FOLK ODYSSEY" ; LORENZO THOMAS, "AUTHENTICITY AND ELEVATION: STERLING BROWN'S THEORY OF THE BLUES" ; Part IV. "Unhistoric History": American and African American Cultures ; MARK A. SANDERS, "STERLING A. BROWN AND THE AFRO-MODERN MOMENT" ; BEVERLY L. SKINNER, "STERLING BROWN: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY" ; DAVID ANDERSON, "STERLING BROWN'S SOUTHERN STRATEGY: POETRY AS CULTURAL EVOLUTION IN SOUTHERN ROAD" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL, "IN DEFENSE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE: STERLING A. BROWN, GUNNAR MYRDAL, AND AN AMERICAN DILEMMA" ; Part V. "Running Space": Legacies and Continuities ; ROBERT G. O'MEALLY, "STERLING A. BROWN'S LITERARY ESSAYS: THE BLACK READER IN THE TEXT" ; JOHN F. CALLAHAN, "'A BROWN STUDY': STERLING BROWN'S LEGACY OF COMPASSIONATE CONNECTIONS" ; EKWUEME MICHAEL THELWELL, "THE PROFESSOR AND THE ACTIVISTS: A MEMOIR OF STERLING BROWN" ; MICHAEL S. HARPER, "AN INTEGER IS A WHOLE NUMBER" ; Part VI. "Steady and Unaccusing": Interviews ; CHARLES H. ROWELL, "'LET ME BE WITH OLD JAZZBO': AN INTERVIEW WITH STERLING A. BROWN" ; DAVID L. SMITH, "A SYMPOSIUM ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF STERLING BROWN" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL AND JOHN S. WRIGHT, "'STEADY AND UNACCUSING': AN INTERVIEW WITH STERLING A. BROWN" ; GRAHAM LOCK, "BR'ER STERLING AND THE BLUES: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL S. HARPER" ; JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL, "CLARIFYING PHILOSOPHY: STERLING A. BROWN AND THE NONVIOLENT ACTION GROUP" ; STEVEN C. TRACY, "A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN H. BRACEY, ESTHER TERRY, AND MIKE THELWELL" ; Part VII. "On This I Stand": A Bibliography ; ROBERT G. O'MEALLY, "AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORKS OF STERLING A. BROWN" ; Part VIII. "A Geography of Poetry and Song": A Discography ; STEVEN C. TRACY, "FEAR DID NOT CATCH HIS TONGUE AND THROTTLE HIS BREATH: A DISCOGRAPHY OF RECORDINGS BY AND RELATED TO STERLING A. BROWN"show more