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The Assimilationist Impulse in Four African American Narratives: Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Richard Wright, and LeRoi Jones
Thompson, Gordon E. E.


This text is the first to analyze themes of assimilation, and the influence of white women, in the African American prose tradition.


“[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

Table of Contents




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



ISBN10:  0-7734-1555-6   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-1555-3    Pages:  252    Year:  2011   

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Subject Areas:  African-American Studies, American - Literature, Comparative Literature,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $139.95 UK List Price: £ 94.95  

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