Presentation Title

Black Literary Modernity| Black Literary Postmodernity

Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

English

Mentor

Michael Antonucci

Abstract

We, the African American modernism class, will be presenting on our final projects on Black Literary works by writers such as Wideman, Larsen, Ellison, Reed, and Harper. Some of our works include: a comparison of novels by Ellison & Reed to fiction by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, an examination of jazz poetry from Michael S.Harper that explores Black identity & experience in terms of visibility and invisibility & a postmodern reading of Ellison's Invisible Man that recognizes its power as a literary model. Another looks at literary innovations and experiments by Toomer, Reed, and Nella Larsen, while two others offer distinct readings of Wideman's Philadelphia Fire: one frames a historical discussion of the novel with respect to Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest" and the other reads it against literary theory by Houston A. Baker Jr. and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Black Literary Modernity| Black Literary Postmodernity

We, the African American modernism class, will be presenting on our final projects on Black Literary works by writers such as Wideman, Larsen, Ellison, Reed, and Harper. Some of our works include: a comparison of novels by Ellison & Reed to fiction by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, an examination of jazz poetry from Michael S.Harper that explores Black identity & experience in terms of visibility and invisibility & a postmodern reading of Ellison's Invisible Man that recognizes its power as a literary model. Another looks at literary innovations and experiments by Toomer, Reed, and Nella Larsen, while two others offer distinct readings of Wideman's Philadelphia Fire: one frames a historical discussion of the novel with respect to Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest" and the other reads it against literary theory by Houston A. Baker Jr. and Henry Louis Gates Jr.