The Resource To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature, Eric J. Sundquist

To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature, Eric J. Sundquist

Label
To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature
Title
To wake the nations
Title remainder
race in the making of American literature
Statement of responsibility
Eric J. Sundquist
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This powerful book argues that white culture in America does not exist apart from black culture. The revolution of the rights of man that established this country collided long ago with the system of slavery, and we have been trying to reestablish a steady course for ourselves ever since. To Wake the Nations is urgent and rousing: we have integrated our buses, schools, and factories, but not the canon of American literature. That is the task Eric Sundquist has assumed in a book that ranges from politics to literature, from Uncle Remus to African American spirituals. But the hallmark of this volume is a sweeping reevaluation of the glory years of American literature - from 1830 to 1930 - that shows how white literature and black literature form a single interwoven tradition." "By examining African America's contested relation to the intellectual and literary forms of white culture, Sundquist reconstructs the main lines of American literary tradition from the decades before the Civil War through the early twentieth century. An opening discussion of Nat Turner's "Confessions," recorded by a white man, Thomas Gray, establishes a paradigm for the complexity of meanings that Sundquist uncovers in American literary texts. Focusing on Frederick Douglass's autobiographical books, Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, Martin Delany's novel Blake; or the Huts of America, Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, Charles Chesnutt's fiction, and W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk and Darkwater, Sundquist considers each text against a rich background of history, law, literature, politics, religion, folklore, music, and dance. These readings lead to insights into components of the culture at large: slavery as it intersected with postcolonial revolutionary ideology; literary representations of the legal and political foundations of segregation; and the transformation of elements of African and antebellum folk consciousness into the public forms of American literature."--Jacket
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committed to retain for EAST
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sundquist, Eric J
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
S9 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Du Bois, W. E. B.
  • Twain, Mark
  • Melville, Herman
  • Douglass, Frederick
  • Turner, Nat
  • American literature
  • African Americans
  • African Americans in literature
  • Race relations in literature
  • Segregation in literature
  • Race in literature
  • Afro americanos
  • Afro americanos en la literatura
  • Relaciones raciales en la literatura
  • Segregación en la literatura
  • Littérature américaine
  • Noirs américains
  • Noirs américains dans la littérature
  • Relations raciales dans la littérature
  • Ségrégation dans la littérature
  • Amerikaans
  • Letterkunde
  • Negers
  • Literatur
  • Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
  • Geschichte (1830-1930)
  • Rassenbeziehung
  • USA
  • Schwarze
Label
To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature, Eric J. Sundquist
Link
https://archive.org/details/towakenationsrac00sund
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 627-691) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Slavery, revolution, renaissance -- Signs of power : Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass -- Melville, Delany, and New World slavery -- pt. 2. The color line -- Mark Train and Homer Plessy -- Charles Chesnutt's cakewalk -- pt. 3. W.E.B. Du Bois : African America and the kingdom of culture -- Swing low : the souls of black folk -- The spell of Africa
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 705 pages
Isbn
9780674893313
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92034164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26721398
  • (OCoLC)ocm26721398
Label
To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature, Eric J. Sundquist
Link
https://archive.org/details/towakenationsrac00sund
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 627-691) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Slavery, revolution, renaissance -- Signs of power : Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass -- Melville, Delany, and New World slavery -- pt. 2. The color line -- Mark Train and Homer Plessy -- Charles Chesnutt's cakewalk -- pt. 3. W.E.B. Du Bois : African America and the kingdom of culture -- Swing low : the souls of black folk -- The spell of Africa
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 705 pages
Isbn
9780674893313
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92034164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26721398
  • (OCoLC)ocm26721398

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