From Literary to Feminist Critiques towards an Educational Model

In Hortense J. Spillers essay, “Notes on an Alternative Model –  Neither/Nor,” from Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, she surveys William Faulkner in a … Read More

Folk Aesthetics and the Spirituals in Southern Road

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.