By Keith Byerman
The choice to write historical narratives, he says, must be understood historically. These writers earned widespread recognition for their writing in the 1980s, a period of African American commercial success, as well as the economic decline of the black working class and an increase in black-on-black crime. Byerman contends that a shared experience of suffering joins African American individuals in a group identity, and writing about the past serves as an act of resistance against essentialist ideas of black experience shaping the cultural discourse of the present.
Byerman demonstrates that these novels disrupt the temptation in American society to engage history only to limit its significance or to crown successful individuals while forgetting the victims.
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- Memory In Literature
- History In Literature
- Autobiographical Memory In Literature
- American Fiction--African American Authors--History And Criticism
- Literature And History--United States--History--20th Century
- American Fiction--20th Century--History And Criticism
- African Americans--Intellectual Life--20th Century
- Historical Fiction, American--History And Criticism