The Greenwood encyclopedia of African American literature / edited by Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr.

Contributor(s): Ostrom, Hans A | Macey, J. DavidMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005Description: 5 v. (lxii, 2010 p.) : ill., ports. ; 27 cmISBN: 0313329729 (set : alk. paper); 9780313329722 (set : alk. paper); 0313329737 (v. 1 : alk. paper); 9780313329739 (v. 1 : alk. paper); 0313329745 (v. 2 : alk. paper); 9780313329746 (v. 2 : alk. paper); 0313329753 (v. 3 : alk. paper); 9780313329753 (v. 3 : alk. paper); 0313329761 (v. 4 : alk. paper); 9780313329760 (v. 4 : alk. paper); 031332977X (v. 5 : alk. paper); 9780313329777 (v. 5 : alk. paper)Subject(s): American literature -- African American authors -- Encyclopedias | African Americans -- Intellectual life -- Encyclopedias | African Americans in literature -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Greenwood encyclopedia of African American literature.DDC classification: 810.9/896073 LOC classification: PS153.N5 | G73 2005
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 1809-1818) and index.

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Library Journal Review

This work is both ambitious and timely. Unlike biographically based references, it focuses on the texts of African American literature and the trends and events that have influenced it. Opening with an overview and chronology, the set has as its core over 1000 entries covering both canonized greats and lesser-known artists. These entries document the work of African American writers and their critics, literary forms and techniques, geographic hubs that generate significant output, and influential figures and movements that have shaped this diverse tradition. Compiled by Ostrom (English, Univ. of Puget Sound) and Macey (English, Univ. of Central Oklahoma) and written by over 200 scholars, the entries are accurate, cross-referenced, and appropriate in length to encyclopedic standards; photographs further augment the compilation's richness. The novice and the seasoned archivist alike are sure to encounter new names, faces, and histories. Bottom Line Given the work's scope, it is understandable that a few contributors would be overlooked, such as Paul Carter Harrison, Glenda Dickerson, and Margaret Wilkerson; additional African American theater groups; and major journals (e.g., African American Review). Overall, however, this is an important addition to all collections.-Carol Allen, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn Campus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This comprehensive set covers the people, events, and themes relevant to the African-American experience and the literature that it inspired. More than 1000 signed entries of varying length are organized alphabetically and include biographical information as well as critical discussions of the works. Other articles describe major themes, historical events, places, cultural figures, and literary genres that continue to impact the African-American experience. Coverage ranges from the Colonial period through the present. Resources for further information appear at the end of each article and include both print resources and Internet sites. Alphabetical and thematic lists of entries (including important dates) appear in each volume and there is a comprehensive index in the final volume. Although there are slight variations in the writing styles from article to article, the text is clearly written and engaging throughout. Sadly, only slightly more than 100 black-and-white illustrations, mostly portraits, are included. However, this is a completely accessible work. While it is by no means exhaustive (an impossible goal, the editors acknowledge), it is an important resource that should be considered by most libraries.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

CHOICE Review

This handsomely packaged set provides coverage of the foundations, development, and proliferation of African American literature, from Colonial times to the present. Crucial to an understanding of this unique body of literature is attention to the historical, social, and political climate in which it took root. Accordingly, these alphabetically arranged and extensively cross-referenced entries focus on subjects as widely divergent as sermons, the Underground Railroad, affirmative action, Mojo, hip-hop, the Black Panther Party, and the Vietnam War, in addition to the expected topics on individual writers and their works. Genre is covered with entries devoted to slave narratives, folktales, prison literature, minstrelsy, and blues poetry. Prominent periodicals receive attention, as do notable historical, cultural, and sports personalities. Also included are seminal publishers, and entries on region, religion, and spirituality. Each entry is followed by a useful list of resources. A helpful introduction and preface are provided, as is a chronology, and lists of entries ordered both alphabetically and by topic. Half of the last volume is an extensive index, preceded by a ten-page general bibliography. Overall, the depth and breadth of the 1,029 entries make this an invaluable resource. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. M. P. Tosko University of Akron

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Hans Ostrom is Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, where he teaches literature, creative writing, and rhetoric. He has published a novel and a book of poems and is also the author of Langston Hughes: A Study of the Short Fiction (1993) and A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2002).

J. David Macey Jr. is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he currently serves as Assistant Chair of the department. He previously taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Puget Sound.

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