A Scholar's Conscience

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September 2012



J. Saunders Redding (1906-1988) was often and justifiably called "the dean of Afro-American scholars." As professor and man of letters, he wrote about Afro-American literature and culture in vivid and scholarly prose. And of all the writers of his generation, he best represented, and came close to explaining, the hopes and conflicts of American democracy in a multiracial society. Yet his perceptions and writings were never limited to race, nationality, academia, or one literary genre. In this first published anthology drawn from Redding's books, essays, and speeches, Faith Berry has compiled representative selections from every period and genre in which Redding wrote: autobiography, fiction, biography, history, journalism, travelogue, and literary criticism. The collection offers a wide range of his thought and criticism from numerous publications, as well as a comprehensive bibliography of his works. Redding is essential reading for all those who argue for or against the intellectual credo he espoused: that Afro-American writing and culture be studied in the context of American life and culture, not in isolation. This useful and balanced edition of Redding's writing should serve to introduce him to a new audience certain to find his texts worthy of attention and discussion. Readers concerned with literary and social history, higher education, race relations, American and ethnic studies, foreign affairs, cultural exchange--or indeed the humanities in general--will find this work an important resource. Contemporary Afro-American scholars will value the book as a lasting reference. And anyone unfamiliar with Redding's work will discover and appreciate the breadth of his contributions to scholarship and literature.


Faith Berry is the author of "Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem" and editor of "Good Morning Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings of Langston Hughes."
EAN: 9780813108063
ISBN: 0813108063
Untertitel: Selected Writings of J. Saunders Redding. Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: The University Press of Kentucky
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2012
Seitenanzahl: 250 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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