The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw both the
consolidation of American print culture and the establishment of an
African American literary tradition, yet the two are too rarely
considered in tandem. In this landmark volume, a stellar group of
established and emerging scholars ranges over periods, locations,
and media to explore African Americans' diverse contributions to
early American print culture, both on the page and off.
The book's seventeen chapters consider domestic novels and gallows
narratives, Francophone poetry and engravings of Liberia,
transatlantic lyrics and San Francisco newspapers. Together, they
consider how close attention to the archive can expand the study of
African American literature well beyond matters of authorship to
include issues of editing, illustration, circulation, and
reading-and how this expansion can enrich and transform the study
of print culture more generally.
Published in cooperation with the Library Company of
Subjects: Language & Literature
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