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Burnin' down the House Home in African American Literature

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ISBN-10: 023113441X

ISBN-13: 9780231134415

Edition: 2004

Authors: Valerie Sweeney Prince, Valerie Sweeney Prince

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Home is a powerful metaphor guiding the literature of African Americans throughout the twentieth century. While scholars have given considerable attention to the Great Migration and the role of the northern city as well as to the place of the South in African American literature, few have given specific notice to the site of "home." And in the twenty years since Houston A. Baker Jr.'s Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature appeared, no one has offered a substantial challenge to his reading of the blues matrix. Burnin'Down the House creates new and sophisticated possibilities for a critical engagement with African American literature by presenting both a meaningful critique of the blues matrix and a careful examination of the place of home in five classic novels: Native Son by Richard Wright, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and Corregidora by Gayl Jones.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Introduction: A House Is Not a Home
Living (Just Enough) for the City: Native Son
Keep on Moving Don�t Stop: Invisible Man
Get in the Kitchen and Rattle Them Pots and Pans: The Bluest Eye
She�s a Brick House: Corregidora
God Bless the Child That�s Got His Own: Song of Solomon