Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson

Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson

by Keith Clark

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Overview

From Frederick Douglass to the present, the preoccupation of black writers with manhood and masculinity is a constant.  Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson explores how in their own work three major African American writers contest classic portrayals of black men in earlier literature, from slave narratives through the great novels of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison.
 
Keith Clark examines short stories, novels, and plays by Baldwin, Gaines, and Wilson, arguing that since the 1950s the three have interrupted and radically dismantled the constricting literary depictions of black men who equate selfhood with victimization, isolation, and patriarchy. Instead, they have reimagined black men whose identity is grounded in community, camaraderie, and intimacy.
 
Delivering original and startling insights, this book will appeal to scholars and students of African American literature, gender studies, and narratology.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252071959
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/21/2003
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Keith Clark, an associate professor of English and African American Studies at George Mason University, is the editor of Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama. His articles have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, Faulkner Journal, and the Oxford Companion to African American Literature.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.Countering the Counterdiscourse: Subject Formation and the Aesthetics of Black Masculinist Protest Discourse since 194011
2.The Perilous Journey to a Brother's Country: James Baldwin and the Rigors of Community30
3.Reimagining Richard: Ernest J. Gaines and the Neo-Masculinist Literary Imagination65
4.Race, Ritual, Reconnection, Reclamation: August Wilson and the Refiguration of the Male Dramatic Subject94
Conclusion127
Notes133
Works Cited143
Index153

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