The Signifying Monkey

The Signifying Monkey : Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism

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The second volume in a trilogy on Afro-American literature, "The Signifying Monkey" explores the relationships between the African and Afro-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a critical approach located within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Looking at the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture - and particularly at the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and the "signifying monkey", whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature - Gates uncovers a system of interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition, that came with black slaves to the New World.show more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 14figs.5ch.
  • 0195034635
  • 9780195034639

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