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Palgrave Macmillan

The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History

Tolson, Hughes, Baraka

Kathy Lou Schultz is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Memphis, USA, where she directs the Honors Program. She is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Biting Midge: Works in Prose and Some Vague Wife. Her articles have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly journals including Contemporary Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and Jacket2.

1: Modern, Modernist, Afro-Modernist: Melvin B. Tolson in the 1930s and 40s
2: A Poem for the Futurafrique: Tolson's Libretto for the Republic of Liberia
3: 'In the Modern Vein': Tolson's Harlem Gallery
4: Bound By Law—Langston Hughes in/and the 1950s
5: Toward An Afro-Modernist Future: Langston's Hughes's ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 MOODS FOR JAZZ
6: Amiri Baraka's Wise Why's Y's: Lineages of the Afro-Modernist Epic

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"In a revelatory remapping of the African American literary tradition, Kathy Lou Schultz tracks the emergence of 'Afro-modernist' poetics among a lineage of writers whose work defies the limitations of our habitual compartmentalization of history into discrete periods such as the 'Harlem Renaissance' or the 'Black Arts Movement.' If the book first of all delivers a compelling and much-needed case for Tolson's importance, it also offers new insights into the long-form experiments of Hughes and Baraka, finding in the black adoption of the epic form an impatience with cramp and constriction; an impulse for constellation and montage; an aspiration towards a diasporic poetry that would combine the unpredictability of music with the authority of the archive." - Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, USA and author of The Practice of Diaspora
"A major contribution to African American literary studies and to the larger field of American Poetry. This will be one of those discourse-changing books." - Aldon Lynn Nielsen, The George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
'A major contribution to African American literary studies and to the larger field of American poetry. This will be one of those discourse-changing books.' - Aldon Nielsen, George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
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