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The Resource The ebony column : classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West, Eric Ashley Hairston

The ebony column : classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West, Eric Ashley Hairston

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The ebony column : classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West
Title
The ebony column
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classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West
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Eric Ashley Hairston
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Language
eng
Summary
In The Ebony Column, Eric Ashley Hairston begins a new thread in the ongoing conversation about the influence of Greek and Roman antiquity on U.S. civilisation and education. While that discussion has yielded many exceptional insights into antiquity and the American experience, it has so regularly elided the African American component that all classical influence on black writing and thought seems to vanish. That omission, Hairston contends, is disturbing not least because of its longevity-from an early period of overt stereotyping and institutionalised racism right up to the contemporary and, one would hope, more cosmopolitan and enlightened era. Challenging and correcting that persistent shortsightedness, Hairston examines several prominent black writers' and scholars' deep investment in the classics as individuals, as well as the broader cultural investment in the classics and the values of the ancient world. Beginning with the late-eighteenth-century verse of Phillis Wheatley, whose classically inspired poems functioned as a kind of Trojan horse to defeat white oppression, Hairston goes on to consider the oratory of Frederick Douglass, whose rhetoric and ideas of virtue were much influenced by Cicero, and the writings of educator Anna Julia Cooper, whose classical training was a key source of her vibrant feminism. Finally, he offers a fresh examination of W. E. B. DuBois's seminal The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and its debt to antiquity, which volumes of commentary have largely overlooked.The first book to appear in a new series, Classicism in American Culture, The Ebony Column passionately demonstrates how the myths, cultures, and ideals of antiquity helped African Americans reconceptualise their role in a Euro-American world determined to make them mere economic commodities and emblems of moral and intellectual decay. To figures such as Wheatley, Douglass, Cooper, and DuBois, classical literature offered striking moral, intellectual, and philosophical alternatives to a viciously exclusionary vision of humanity, Africanity, the life of the citizen, and the life of the mind
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Hairston, Eric Ashley
Dewey number
810.9896073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5.H15
Literary form
non fiction
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Classicism in literature
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specialized
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The ebony column : classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West, Eric Ashley Hairston
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0021489711
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 262 pages
Isbn
9781572339422
Lccn
2013001464
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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The ebony column : classics, civilization, and the African American reclamation of the West, Eric Ashley Hairston
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0021489711
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 262 pages
Isbn
9781572339422
Lccn
2013001464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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