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Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Chapter 8: The African-American Legacy in American Literature
The African-American Legacy in American Literature
Since their enforced and brutal emigration to North America about 400 years ago, African Americans have forged rich and dynamic literary forms that today have become an important and unique aspect of American literature and culture. The sound literary qualities, interesting thematic range, and social significance of this variety of American literature notwithstanding, it has remained largely unknown to the general African American reading public, including even students of literature. We are, of course, aware of the presence of books by and on African Americans in our libraries and African American literature courses in the curricula of African colleges and universities. But such books are generally limited to those of well-known authors, such as ...