The strangers book : the human of African American literature / Lloyd Pratt.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksHaney Foundation series: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (xii, 186 pages .)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0812291999; 9780812291995Subject(s): American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism | Strangers in literature | Blacks in literature | Human beings in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Strangers book.DDC classification: 810.9/896073 LOC classification: PS153.N5 | P73 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction. Print and the Human; Chapter 1. The Making of Self-Evidence; Chapter 2. Frederick Douglass's Stranger-With-Thee; Chapter 3. Les Apôtres de la Littérature and Les Cenelles; Chapter 4. The Abundant Black Past; Chapter 5. How to Read a Strangers Book; Epilogue. Stranger Literature; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Acknowledgments
"The Strangers Book explores how various nineteenth-century African American writers radically reframed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger. Rejecting the idea that humans have easy access to a common reserve of experiences and emotions, they countered the notion that a person can use a supposed knowledge of human nature to claim full understanding of any other person's life. Instead they posited that being a stranger, unknown and unknowable, was an essential part of the human condition. Affirming the unknown and unknowable differences between people, as individuals and in groups, laid the groundwork for an ethical and democratic society in which all persons could find a place. If everyone is a stranger, then no individual or class can lay claim to the characteristics that define who gets to be a human in political and public arenas. Lloyd Pratt focuses on nineteenth-century African American writing and publishing venues and practices such as the Colored National Convention movement and literary societies in Nantucket and New Orleans. Examining the writing of Frederick Douglass in tandem with that of the francophone free men of color who published the first anthology of African American poetry in 1845, he contends these authors were never interested in petitioning whites for sympathy or for recognition of their humanity. Instead, they presented a moral imperative to develop practices of stranger humanism in order to forge personal and political connections based on mutually acknowledged and always evolving differences."--Publisher's Web site.