Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel

Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel

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Restores to its rightful place a body of American literature that has long been overlooked, dismissed, or misjudgedshow more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 159.8 x 237 x 20.8mm | 508.03g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026675
  • 9780252026676

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"Conventional wisdom regarding development of African American fiction holds that the few novels published before the Harlem Renaissance were unsophisticated, derivative, and unambitious. Fabi presents a closely reasoned and well-researched argument aimed at debunking those prejudices, which not only retard estimation of pre-Renaissance novelists but demean African American intellectual development and cultural life." -- Choice ADVANCE PRAISE "This compact study opens up interesting and original perspectives on the theme of passing in early African American fiction and the subsequent critical estimate of it. Thoroughly researched and well executed, it is a valuable contribution to the ongoing scholarly discourse on the literature of passing." -- William Andrews, author of Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance "Fabi is a splendid close reader who provides fresh interpretations of more- and less-canonical texts in the African American literary tradition. Her ability to put familiar and underread texts in conversation with each other and with later works by black writers makes this study most useful to students and scholars of American and African American literature." -- Valerie Smith, author of Self-Discovery and Authority in Afro-American Narrativeshow more

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