Occasionally, I post syllabi ideas here on the blog. Today, I want to share a syllabus I have been thinking about recently entitled “African American Literature and the American South.” The South, as a geographic and imaginary space, looms large in the works of not just African American authors but in writers of all ethnic backgrounds from the United States. Maryemma Graham discusses the … Read More “African American Literature and the American South” Syllabus
As I reread Richard Wright’s “Long Black Song” from Uncle Tom’s Children (1938), I again thought about the role of music in Wright’s work. I have written about this before in relation to the epigraph for Wright’s collection and in relation to the song that appears in “Big Boy Leaves Home.” Today, I want to briefly look at the way that the hymn “When … Read More “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” in Richard Wright’s “Long Black Song”
Richard Wright’s Uncle Tom’s Children originally appeared in 1938. Two years later, Harper Collins reissued Wright’s collection of stories, adding the final story, “Bright and Morning Star,” and the autobiographical essay, “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow,” at the beginning. Along with these two additions, the 1940 reissue contains two epigraphs. The first comes directly before “The Ethics of Living Crow.” Here, Wright provides … Read More Music in Richard Wright’s "Uncle Tom’s Children"