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Palgrave Macmillan

Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in America

ISBN 9781137390516
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Building on interdisciplinary and cross-Atlantic scholarly dialogue, this volume offers contributions on culturally marginalized literatures in America from the perspective of print culture. Spanning the slavery era through the early 21st century, the essays draw on approaches from library history, literary history and textual studies to provide insights into the publication and making of African American, Hispanic and Franco-American authors. From 19th century African American historians, to segregated libraries in the age of Jim Crow, to the strategies of Hispanic small presses and Franco-American writers, the essays show how authors and publishers alike strive to challenge the existing order and racial/ ethnic assumptions. As the scholars here historicize the production, dissemination, marketing and reception of minority authors, they explore and engage with issues of readership and bilingualism, and suggest new, thought-provoking readings of canonical works. This book represents a new contribution to an emerging disciplinary field where ethnic studies and book history intersect.

Cécile Cottenet is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at Aix-Marseille Université, France. She has published several essays on book history and African American print culture, and is the author of a study in French of Charles W. Chesnutt's publishing history (2012).

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Personal acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; Cécile Cottenet
PART I: HISTORIOGRAPHY
1. Early African American Historians: a Book History and Historiography Approach.The Case of William Cooper Nell (1816-1874); Claire Parfait
2. Publication and Reception of The Southern Negro and the Public Library; Cheryl Knott
PART II: BILINGUALISM AND ETHNIC IDENTITY
3. Widening the Paradigm of American Literature: Small Presses in the Publishing and Creation of New Hispanic Texts; Manuel Brito
4. Franco-American Writers: In-visible Authors in the Global Literary Market; Peggy Pacini
PART III: CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES - A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE
5. Reacting to the White Publishing World: Zora Neale Hurston and Negro Stereotypes; Claudine Raynaud
6. Beyond Mainstream Presses: Publishing Women of Color as Cultural and Political Critique; Matilde Martín González
PART IV: RE-VISITING THE CANON
7. The Roots of Cane: Jean Toomer in The Double Dealer and Modernist Networks; John K. Young
8. Popular Book Clubs and the Marketing of African American Best Sellers; Laurence Cossu-Beaumont
9. The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley in Slavery's Recollective Economies, 1773 to
the Present; Max Cavitch
Epilogue: An Experience in Literary Archaeology: Publishing a Black Lost Generation; Samuel Blumenfeld
Bibliography
Index

Samuel Blumenfeld, film critic and reporter, France
Manuel Brito, Universidad de la Laguna in Tenerife, Spain
Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Laurence Cossu-Beaumont, Université Paris III, France
Cheryl Knott, University of Arizona, USA
Matilde Martin Gonzalez, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Peggy Pacini, Cergy Pontoise Université, France
Claire Parfait, University of Paris, France
Claudine Raynaud, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France
John K. Young, Marshall University, USA

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