African American Review

Founded in 1967, the African American Review is a quarterly journal published by St. Louis University, located in St. Louis, Mo. Its subject matter is literature and black publications. Its managing editor is Aileen Keenan.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter

African American Whiteness in Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills
In the last decade or so, "critical whiteness studies" scholars have produced articles and books virtually without number on the supposedly unexamined center of American racial formations. Unsurprisingy, most of these scholars have been white, but as...
A Life in Proverbs: An Interview with Anand Prahlad
Anand Prahlad--who was born Dennis W Folly and today goes simply by Prahlad--is a master teacher of the proverb and of the fields of study with which proverbs are associated, including folklore, poetry, and narrative. The University of Missouri-Columbia...
Contributors
Barry D. Amis was a professor at Michigan State and Purdue universities and a Fulbright scholar in France, Cameroon, and Niger. Currently he lives and writes in Alexandria, Virginia. Rane Arroyo (1954-2010) began his writing career as a performance artist....
"Families Make the Best Enemies": Paradoxes of Narcissistic Identification in Toni Morrison's Love
There are many significant features in the underappreciated Love (2003), Toni Morrison's eighth novel. (1) A feature that both connects it to, and distinguishes it from, each of her previous novels (a ninth, A Mercy, was published in November 2008) is...
Instruments More Perfect Than Bodies: Romancing Uplift in Colson Whitehead's the Intuitionist
In the intriguing conclusion to Colson Whitehead's increasingly celebrated novel The Intuitionist (1999), the narrative's intelligent and gutsy protagonist, Lila Mae Watson, bides her time in seclusion, waiting for the right moment to release the secret...
Moses, Man of Oppression: A Twentieth-Century African American Critique of Western Theocracy
If Allen Dwight Callahan, author of The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible, is to be believed, African Americans monolithically revere Moses as a "venerable ideal of African American leadership" (98), since he provided oppressed people with...
Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Marshall Circle: Racial Representation from Blackface to Black Naturalism
No period in black American cultural history was more mercurial, and at the present time, no period is less understood than the "nadir," which stretched from the end of Reconstruction to World War I. (1) With the exception of touring spiritual choirs...
Race, Faces, and False Fronts: Shakespearean Signifying in the Colored American Magazine
We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.--Paul Laurence Dunbar, "We Wear the Mask" (1896) ...
Staging the Garveyite Home: Black Masculinity, Failure, and Redemption in Theodore Ward's Big White Fog
When Theodore Ward's Big White Fog was produced by the Chicago Negro Unit of the Federal Theatre Project in April 1938, it was hailed by fellow artists as an important and original play. Langston Hughes thought it "the greatest encompassing play on Negro...
"The White Women All Go for Sex": Frances Harper on Suffrage, Citizenship, and the Reconstruction South
For brief period immediately after the Civil War, American reformers optimistically imagined a reconstructed republic that would incorporate woman suffrage and abolitionist interests. An 1865 pamphlet entitled "Equal Rights Convention for New York State"...
Trumpets, Horns, and Typewriters: A Call and Response between Ralph Ellison and Frederick Douglass
Perhaps the most insidious and least understood form of segregation is that of the word. And by this I mean the word in all its complex formulations, ... the word with all its subtle power to suggest and foreshadow overt action while magically disguising...

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