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GRE Literature: African American Lit

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1. (March 1 - 1914 - April 16 - 1994) An American novelist - literary critic - scholar and writer. He was born in Oklahoma City - Oklahoma. Best known for his novel Invisible Man - which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act






2. A term invented by WEB Du Bois to describe an individual whose identity is divided into several facets. African Americans in particular struggle with a multi-faceted conception of self. This results from African slaves being torn away from their home






3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Writes of her early years from age 3-16. Keywords/events: Stamps - Arkansas - Annie Henderson (her grandmother) - rape by her mother'S live in love at age of 8 - moving to California at age 13 - giving birth out of we






4. Booker T. Washington - 1901 - autobiography detailing his work to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War - to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University - to his work establishin






5. Ralph Ellison (1952). The work explores the theme of man'S search for his identity and place in society - as seen from the perspective of a black man in the New York City of the 1940'S. In contrast to his contemporaries such as Richard Wright and Jam






6. Richard Wright (1908-1960) - the grandson of slaves - in this novel tells the story of Bigger Thomas - an African-American of the poorest class - struggling to live in the Chicago - Illinois of the 1930s. His life - however - is doomed from the outse






7. (January 7 - 1891 - January 28 - 1960) An American folklorist - anthropologist - and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Of her four novels and more than 50 published short stories - plays - and essays - she is best known for her 1937 n






8. Another Country - Notes of a Native Son - Go Tell It on the Mountain - Blues for Mister Charlie. Focus: racial prejudice - sex - sexist attitudes - poverty - alienation from family (especially men from their fathers) - bisexuality. Hatred often destr






9. (1903-46) An American poet - one of the finest of the Harlem Renaissance. His most famous poems are 'Yet Do I Marvel' and 'Incident' - the latter of which describes a childhood trip to Baltimore marred by a racial slur. Countee Cullen was raised and






10. Play by James Baldwin. White man murders a black man - then throws his body in the weeds. Reflection upon racism in US. Characters: Lyle Britten - Richard Henry






11. (February 18 - 1931) An American novelist - editor - and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes - vivid dialogue - and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye - Sula - Song of Solomon and Beloved.






12. An American poet - social activist - novelist - playwright - and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Poems: 'Theme for Englis






13. James Baldwin - 1955. The volume collects ten of Baldwin'S essays - which had previously appeared in such magazines as Harper'S Magazine - Partisan Review - and The New Leader. The essays mostly tackle issues of race in America and Europe.






14. (February 9 - 1944) An American author - poet - and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and th






15. (1871-1938) Leading African American author - poet - early civil rights activist - and prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jacksonville - Florida - he was the first African American accepted to the Florida bar. He served in several pu






16. American sociologist - historian - civil rights activist - Pan-Africanist - author and editor. Du Bois and his supporters opposed the Atlanta Compromise - an agreement crafted by Booker T. Washington which provided that Southern blacks would work and






17. Langston Hughes - the title work of a book length poem suite in a jazzy - almost improvisational style. Hughes was influenced by Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg among others






18. James Baldwin. 1953. The novel examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans - both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community. It also - more subtly - examines racism in t






19. (April 5 - 1856 - November 14 - 1915) Representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery - he spoke on behalf of the large majority of blacks who lived in the South but had lost their ability to vote through disfranchisem






20. A series of essays by WEB Du Bois focusing on racial and social issues in America.






21. (September 4 - 1908 - November 28 - 1960) An African-American author of sometimes controversial novels - short stories - poems - and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes - especially those involving the plight of African America






22. James Baldwin. Self-destructive vision - USA is another country. Rufus Scott- a bisexual jazz drummer who has an affair w/ Leona - a white woman whom he brutalizes before he commits suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Other character