In the African-American Grain : Call-and-Response in Twentieth-Century Black Fiction by John F. Callahan
In the African-American Grain : Call-and-Response in Twentieth-Century Black Fiction
Author: John F. Callahan
Title: In the African-American Grain : Call-and-Response in Twentieth-Century Black Fiction
ISBN10: 0252014596
ISBN13: 978-0252014598
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: University of Illinois Press (January 1, 1988)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1638 kb
Size epub: 1769 kb
Rating: 3.9 ✪
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Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
In the African-American Grain is a exploration of the impact of African-American oral storytelling techniques on modern and contemporary fiction. Reading literature in the call-and-response tradition, John F. Callahan shows how African-American writers including Charles Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Gaines, and Alice Walker have used the forms and forces of this uniquely participatory discourse to establish not only a potential relationship between storyteller and audience but also a potential for change. In a new preface Callahan comments on how the tradition to call-and-response has continued to develop among African-American writers as well as writers of other backgrounds.