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The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction, Eric J. Sundquist

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The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction
Title
The hammers of creation
Title remainder
folk culture in modern African-American fiction
Statement of responsibility
Eric J. Sundquist
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In The Hammers of Creation, Eric J. Sundquist analyzes the powerful role played by folk culture in three major African-American novels of the early twentieth century: James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, Zora Neale Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine, and Arna Bontemps's Black Thunder. Sundquist explains how the survival of cultural traditions originating in Africa and in slavery became a means of historical reflection and artistic creation for modern writers. He goes on to illustrate and compare the ways in which the three representative novels use aspects of African-American culture, including the folklore of slavery, black music from spirituals to jazz, black worship and sermonic form, and African-American resistance to slavery and segregation. The Hammers of Creation focuses on the unique narrative form of each of the three novels - Johnson's fictive autobiography, Hurston's ethnographic commentary combined with personal narrative, and Bontemps's historical fiction based on Gabriel's slave rebellion - to illustrate the range of fictional strategies black writers have employed. Through their attempts to gain cultural integrity, Sundquist explains, these writers were able to recover and preserve vital aspects of African-American history. Sundquist argues that by incorporating vernacular culture and the oral tradition into their works, Johnson, Hurston, and Bontemps challenge the primacy of written narrative while creating an African-American literary tradition that links the world of African ancestors and antebellum culture to the world of contemporary letters
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sundquist, Eric J
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
S87 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Johnson, James Weldon
  • Bontemps, Arna
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Johnson, James Weldon
  • Johnson, James Weldon
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Bontemps, Arna Wendell
  • American fiction
  • African Americans
  • Literature and folklore
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans
  • Folklore in literature
  • Volkskultur
  • Roman
  • USA
  • Schwarze
Label
The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction, Eric J. Sundquist
Link
https://archive.org/details/hammersofcreatio00sund
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [135]-145) and index
Contents
"These old slave songs": The autobiography of an ex-coloured man -- "The drum with the man skin": Jonah's gourd vine -- "A song without words": Black thunder
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 151 p.
Isbn
9780820327945
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
91046523
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25048036
  • (OCoLC)ocm25048036
Label
The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction, Eric J. Sundquist
Link
https://archive.org/details/hammersofcreatio00sund
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [135]-145) and index
Contents
"These old slave songs": The autobiography of an ex-coloured man -- "The drum with the man skin": Jonah's gourd vine -- "A song without words": Black thunder
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 151 p.
Isbn
9780820327945
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
91046523
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25048036
  • (OCoLC)ocm25048036

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