Early African American Fiction-opracowanie

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Early African American Fiction Fiction - the move from narrative to fiction
The use of Black English - add authenticity
Literature of fusion influence also of Gothic mystery
satire
pastoral
novel of manners
American writing starts to take shape; flowering of American fiction
Growth of black leadership
Multiplation of African American journals and publishing houses
Literature as a sight of combat, fighting
Themes:
Segregation
Motif of passing
Mulatto heroes and heroines
Revisionary agenda
Novel after slavery connected with historical, utopian, political and religious roles
Juvenile and detective fiction and Bliningsroname International theme
Local color fiction
Realism
Naturalism
James Weldon Johnson (1871 -1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.
African American fiction is taking shape
A bridge between this emerging fiction
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912) is the fictional telling of the story of a young biracial man, referred to only as the “Ex-Colored Man", living in post Reconstruction era America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Ex-Colored Man was forced to choose between embracing his black heritage and culture by expressing himself through the African-American musical genre ragtime, or by “passing” and living obscurely as a mediocre middle-class white man.
An attempt to find a form of express
1st published animonously
The bridge between the19th and 20th c literature
Picaresque form; a wandering around and beyond America - he belongs nowhere
Dramatizes dualism that De Bois talks about
ends up belonging nowhere
very picaresque novel - a wandering around and beyond America to end and search for black identity
Charles Waddell Chesnutt (June 20, 1858 - November 15, 1932) was an author, essayist and political activist, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity.


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…, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.
African American fiction…
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