The Signifying Monkey : Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism
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.
- Hardback | 318 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
- 01 Apr 1989
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States