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Through a series of essays that explore the forms, themes, genres,historical contexts, major authors, and latest critical approaches,A Companion to African American Literature presents acomprehensive chronological overview of African American literaturefrom the eighteenth century to the modern day
Examines African American literature from its earliest origins,through the rise of antislavery literature in the decades leadinginto the Civil War, to the modern development of contemporaryAfrican American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and politicalideologies
Addresses the latest critical and scholarly approaches toAfrican American literature
Features essays by leading established literary scholars aswell as newer voices