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

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

Label
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
Creator
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."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sundquist, Eric J
Government publication
government publication level undetermined
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures
Series volume
35
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Literature and folklore
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans
  • Folklore in literature
  • Johnson, James Weldon
  • Bontemps, Arna
  • Hurston, Zora Neale
  • Johnson, James Weldon
Label
The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction, Eric J. Sundquist
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [135]-145) 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
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Ch. 1.
  • "These Old Slave Songs": The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.
  • p. 1
  • Ch. 2.
  • "The Drum with the Man Skin": Jonah's Gourd Vine.
  • p. 49
  • Ch. 3.
  • "A Song without Words": Black Thunder.
  • p. 92
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 135
  • Index.
  • p. 147
Control code
980091046523
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 151 p
Isbn
9780820314600
Lccn
lc91046523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The hammers of creation : folk culture in modern African-American fiction, Eric J. Sundquist
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [135]-145) 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
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Ch. 1.
  • "These Old Slave Songs": The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.
  • p. 1
  • Ch. 2.
  • "The Drum with the Man Skin": Jonah's Gourd Vine.
  • p. 49
  • Ch. 3.
  • "A Song without Words": Black Thunder.
  • p. 92
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 135
  • Index.
  • p. 147
Control code
980091046523
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 151 p
Isbn
9780820314600
Lccn
lc91046523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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