Freedom Time

Freedom Time

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qIn Freedom Time, Anthony Reed reclaims the power of black experimental poetry and prose by arguing that if literature fundamentally serves the human need for freedom in expression, then readers and critics must see it as something other than a reflection of the politics of social protest and identity formation. Prior to the successful campaigns against Jim Crow segregation in the U.S. and colonization in the Caribbean, literary politics seemed much more obviously interventionist. As more African Americans and Afro-Caribbean writers gained access to formal political power, more writing emerged whose political concerns went beyond improving racial representation, appealing for social recognition, raising consciousness, or commenting on the political disillusion and fragmentation of the post-segregation and post-colonial moments. Through formal innovation and abstraction, writers increasingly pushed the limits of representation and expression in order to extend the limits of thought and literary possibility. Reed offers a theoretical account of this new qblack experimental writing, q which is at once a literary historical development, and a concept with which to analyze the ways writing engages race and the possibilities of expression. One of his key interventions is arguing that form drives the politics literature, not vice-versa. Through extended analyses of works by N. H. Pritchard, NourbeSe Philip, Kamau Brathwaite, Claudia Rankine, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, Suzan-Lori Parks and Nathaniel Mackey, Freedom Time draws out the political implication of their innovative approaches to literary aestheticsq--The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing Anthony Reed ... In a terrific analysis of Zong! ... Barakaa#39;s a€œAM/TRAK, a€ as well as other poems from the era whose typography exceeds the supposed transfer of orality. The phrase a€œ trope of oralitya€ is Harryette Mullena#39;s, from her essay a€œAfrican Signs and Spirit Writing.a€ 3.

Title:Freedom Time
Author:Anthony Reed
Publisher:JHU Press - 2014-10-30


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