South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature
Trudier Harris seldom fails to astonish us critically with the range and ambitiousness of her projects. Her scholarly dedication has influenced generations. It is difficult to imagine how different our intellectual landscape would be without her. Trudier Harris-Lopez has one of the most original and synthentic minds in a great long while. The range of her knowledge is astounding, the candor of her conclusions are astonishing, and the sum total is just wonderful.
Highlight[s] a scholarly career of originality and complex vision. Harris-Lopez's readers are in the hands of one of the most experienced critics of African-American literature in the academy today, and her confident, authoritative style of writing conveys this fact. South of Tradition will provoke, if not please, all. But that is what makes it such an admirable contribution. The critiques in this collection are jarring and enlightening because of their accuracy. Harris-Lopez's approach to studying various African American literary forms is unique because she recognizes that growth is common to readers as well as writers.
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Southern Literary Journal Harris-Lopez's readers are in the hands of one of the most experienced critics of African-American literature in the academy today, and her confident, authoritative style of writing conveys this fact. American Literature Trudier Harris-Lopez is one of the leading literary critics of our generation.
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Essays on African American Literature. With a look at racial and sexual identity through the use of color imagery, Harris-Lopez concludes that the main character, David, is neither redeemed nor [End Page ] affirmed in his sexuality and compares his feelings of disgust at being homosexual with that of being Black. With intriguing, and perhaps unexpected, parallels to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man , Harris-Lopez argues that Company Man is a modern day, recurring struggle, essentially identical to that of Ellison's character.
Plagued with issues of self and race, Billy reminds readers that a battle with race and identity continues.
In "Zapping the Editor, Or How to Tell Censors to Kiss Off without Really Trying," Harris-Lopez contends that Hurston breaks with form to protest the fact that she is made to write an autobiography that otherwise may not have been written and that was obviously not as successful as Hurston's other works. Harris-Lopez makes a strong case for rereading Hurston's autobiography with a more open mind, one that considers Hurston's authorial choices.
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Harris-Lopez seems to be saying that Hurston's inability to refuse writing the autobiography is countered with non-autobiographical form and distinctive, yet not stereotypical, Black qualities of her character and others. Furthermore, as a form of revolt, Hurston incorporates characters who resemble the publisher and editors who forced her into a work she wasn't ready to write. It is these mythic characters of Hurston's work in Dust Tracks that If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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