Memory, like imagination, is a place of elucidative trepidations, symmetry compressed to myrrh from bifocal consciousness, sediment and stoicism forgetting all but grace through the rushing richness of the … Read More
In Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, exercising memory encapsulates the central narrative technique of the story. Storytelling itself parallels the novels focus point which seeks to memorialize the unacknowledged families … Read More
HISTORY AS DIABOLICAL MATERNALISM When I grind glass I think of lenses swallow like sugar, a preacher with glass eye, a eunuch named Jesus, Black Mary in his cottonfield … Read More
There is a common thread between the protagonist’s in Kindred, Dessa Rose, and Family that demonstrates how African American female agency negotiates the antebellum role of “mammy.” In all three … Read More
Good morning, daddy! Ain’t you heard The boogie-woogie rumble Of a dream deferred? Listen closely: You’ll hear their feet Beating out and beat out a – You think It’s a … Read More
Sterling Brown’s scholarship in folk culture and African American history is unparalleled when considering the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Brown’s first collection of poems, Southern Road, was published in 1932 to high critical acclaim. Although he is often thought of as a blues poet, his influences included folk ballads, work songs, secular songs and stories, as well as spirituals passed on through generations.
In the narratives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and many others, the family unit under slavery is torn apart as slaveholders methodically take advantage of the sense of alienation that … Read More