The Assimilationist Impulse In Four African American Narratives: Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Richard Wright, And Leroi Jones

Author: Thompson, Gordon
Year:2011
ISBN:0-7734-1555-6
978-0-7734-1555-3
Price:139.95
This text is the first to analyze themes of assimilation, and the influence of white women, in the African American prose tradition.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1 Frederick Douglass and Assimilation in the 1845 Narrative

Chapter 2 Figures of Acculturation in Douglass, Stowe, and Washington

Chapter 3 The Chameleon of Uplift in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man

Chapter 4 Richard Wright and Reactionary Assimilation

Chapter 5 “A Tradition You Ought to Feel Repressed By”: The Ex-Assimilation of LeRoiJones

Bibliography

Index

Reviews

“[The author] has provided us with a new and needed discussion of some of our most important African-American literary classics. He has also reopened a huge debate…that will create controversy in discussions of African-American life and culture. – Prof. Robert B. Stepto, Yale University

“…bold and original….The book distinguishes itself in what has become an increasingly important field.” – Prof. Marcellus Blount, Columbia University