ESO Bibliographies: African American Studies

African American Studies and Southern Studies

Significant Works in African American Studies

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2010.

Baker, Houston. Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1988.

Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: Basic Books, 2014.

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. New York: Random House, 2008.

Bobo, Jacqueline, ed. Black Feminist Cultural Criticism. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Du Bois, W. E. B.. Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880. 1935. Oxford: Oxford, UP, 2014.

—. The Souls of Black Folk. 1903. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007.

Ervin, Hazel Arnett, ed. African American Literary Criticism, 1773 to 2000. New York: Twayne, 1999.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed. “Race,” Writing, and Difference. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1986.

Harris, Trudier. Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning and Burning Rituals. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1984.

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1992.

Spillers, Hortense J. Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. Chicago U of Chicago P, 2003.

Walker, Alice. In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1973.

Williams, Eric. Capitalism and Slavery. 1944. Chapel Hill, NC: The U of North Carolina P, 1994.


African American Studies and the American South

Arbour, Robert. “Figuring and Reconfiguring the Folk: Women and Metaphor in Part 1 of Jean Toomer’s Cane.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 55.3 (2013): 307-327.

Baker, Houston. Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism/Re-Reading Booker T. Durham: Duke UP, 2001.

Barker, Deborah E.. Reconstructing Violence: The Southern Rape Complex in Film and Literature. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 2015.

Bradley, R. N. “‘Take ‘Em to Chuch’: Outkast and the Sounds of the Southern Black Church.” Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog (2011).

Cartwright, Keith. “What Was Africa to Faulkner?” William Faulkner in Context. 59-68. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2015.

—. Reading Africa into American Literature: Epics, Fables, and Gothic Tales. Lexington, KY: The UP of Kentucky, 2002.

Catsam, Derek Charles. “Richard Wright and Black Resistance to White Supremacy: From Bigger Thomas to Henry Thomas.”Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 17.2 (2010): 86-96.

Collins, Brennan. “Raymond Andrews as Griot: Privileging Southern Black Communities through Oral Storytelling and Cultural History.” American Studies Journal 56 (2012)

Davis, Patricia. “Memoryscapes in Transition: Black History Museums, New South Narratives, and Urban Regeneration.” Southern Communication Journal 78.2 (2013): 107-127.

Davis, Thadious M. “Faulkner’s ‘Negro’ in The Sound and the Fury.” William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism. 393-409. New York, NY: Norton, 2014.

—. Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2011.

Dunbar, Eve. “Ghost Stories at the Mississippi Archives.” CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual. 137-144. Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 2009.

Durham, Aisha. “‘Check On It’: Beyoncé, Southern Booty, and Black Femininities in Music Video.” Feminist Media Studies 12.1 (2012): 35-49.

—. “Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone and the Ludic in African American Historical Fiction.” Modern Fiction Studies 53.1 (2007): 120-131.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness. London, Verso, 1993.

Harding, Rachel Elizabeth. “Authority, History, and Everyday Mysticism in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton: A Womanist View.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 12.1 (2014): 36-57.

Harris, Carole K. “On Flying Mules and the Southern Cabala: Flannery O’Connor and James Baldwin in Georgia.” Renascence: Essays on Values In Literature 65.5 (2013): 327-350.

Harris, Trudier. The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 2009.

Henderson, Laretta. “Ebony Jr! and ‘Soul Food’: The Construction of Middle-Class African American Identity through the Use of Traditional Southern Foodways.” MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 32.4 (2007): 81-97.

Inge, M. Thomas. “Walt Disney’s Racial Dilemma in Song of the South.” The (Un)Popular South. 197-218. Olomouc, Czech Republic: Palacký University, 2011.

Jack, Jordynn, and Lucy Massagee. “Ladies and Lynching: Southern Women, Civil Rights, and the Rhetoric of Interracial Cooperation.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 14.3 (2011): 493-510.

Johnson, Walter. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2013.

McKay, Melanie, and Maaja Stewart. “Black, White, and Indigo: African Knowledge in the Grandissimes.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 16.3-4 (2009): 106-129.

Nunn, Erich. Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination. Athens, GA: The U of Georgia P, 2015.

Outka, Paul. Race and Nature: From Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Palgrave, 2008.

Perkins, Laura Ganus. “An Unsung Literary Legacy: William Gilmore Simms’s African American Characters.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 42.1 (2009): 83-95.

Pettinger, Alasdair. “‘Tire Trouble’: Mules and Men and Automobiles.” Studies In Travel Writing 17.2 (2013): 174-187.

Retman, Sonnet. “‘Return of the Native’: Sterling Brown’s A Negro Looks at the South and the Work of Signifying Ethnography.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 86.1 (2014): 87-115.

Richardson, Riché. Black Masculinity and the South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta. Athens, GA: The U of Georgia P, 2007.

Rummell, Kathryn. “Rewriting the Passing Novel: Danzy Senna’s Caucasia.” Griot: Official Journal of the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies, Inc 26.2 (2007): 1-13.

Ryan, Tim A. Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 2015.

Schermerhorn, Calvin. “Arguing Slavery’s Narrative: Southern Regionalists, Ex-Slave Autobiographers, and the Contested Literary Representations of the Peculiar Institution, 1824-1849.” Journal of American Studies 46.4 (2012): 1009-1033.

Seals, Marc. “Cross-Examining the Myth of Southern Chivalry: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Emmett Till Poems.” Midamerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature 37 (2010): 74-80.

Watson, Jay. “Dangerous Return: The Narratives of Jurisgenesis in Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 60.1 (2014): 108-137.

Young, Reggie Scott. “Theoretical Influences and Experimental Resemblances: Ernest J. Gaines and Recent Critical Approaches to the Study of African American Fiction.” Contemporary African American Fiction: New Critical Essays. 11-36. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2009.

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