Literary Criticism of Five Generations of African American Writing: The Artistry of Memory

Author: Miller, R. Baxter
Examines the works of African American writers and intellectuals which defined the community through historical, economic, and social changes in the United States.


“Readers will enjoy the polished brilliance of Miller’s essays on Langston Hughes. Equally provocative is his critical reading of the often unacknowledged history of the College Language Association, whose members have redefined the contours of American, African American, and Africana letters. This is an immensely readable, stimulating work. It reveals the deeper meaning of texts, of black writers encapsulating historical memory into a well wrought urn to “reconfigure the map of human freedom.” – Prof. Dolan Hubbard, Morgan State University

“. . . captures and sustains [the] communal African American spirit, thereby keeping it alive for successive generations. This critical text serves as an archive for students and scholars of African American history and literature to use as a jumping off point for the study of great wisdom of African American individual writers . . . ” - Prof. W. Lawrence Hogue, University of Houston

Table of Contents

1. Rewritten Memory of Slavery
2. Remapped Memory of the Harlem Renaissance
3. New Literary Memory by Black American Poets between Worlds, 1940-1960
4. Last Generation in Critical Memory
5. Rememberance of History, Reinvention of Theory