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Unexpected Places Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature by Eric Gardner
  

Unexpected Places Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Part of the Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies Series

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Unexpected Places Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature by Eric Gardner

Winner 2010 Outstanding Academic Title ChoiceWinner 2010 EBSCOhost / Research Society for American Periodicals Book PrizeHonorable Mention 2010 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, Western Literature AssociationIn January of 1861, on the eve of both the Civil War and the rebirth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Christian Recorder, John Mifflin Brown wrote to the paper praising its editor Elisha Weaver: It takes our Western boys to lead off. I amproud of your paper. Weaver's story, though, like many of the contributions of early black literature outside of the urban Northeast, has almost vanished. Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature recovers the work of early African American authors and editors such as Weaver who have been left off maps drawn by historians and literary critics. Individual chapters restore to consideration black literary locations in antebellum St. Louis, antebellum Indiana, Reconstruction-era San Francisco, and several sites tied to the Philadelphia-based Recorder during and after the Civil War.In conversation with both archival sources and contemporary scholarship, Unexpected Places calls for a large-scale rethinking of the nineteenth-century African American literary landscape. In addition to revisiting such better-known writers as William Wells Brown, Maria Stewart, and Hannah Crafts, Unexpected Places offers the first critical considerations of important figures including William Jay Greenly, Jennie Carter, Polly Wash, and Lizzie Hart. The book's discussion of physical locations leads naturally to careful study of how region is tied to genre, authorship, publication circumstances, the black press, domestic and nascent black nationalist ideologies, and black mobility in the nineteenth century.

About the Author

Eric Gardner is professor and chair of the English department at Saginaw Valley State University. He is the editor of Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West (University Press of Mississippi).

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Publication date

29th August 2011

Author

Eric Gardner

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Publisher

University Press of Mississippi

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary studies: general

ISBN

9781617032110

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