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The signifying monkey : a theory of African-American literary criticism /

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Main Author: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Topics: American literature - African American authors - History and criticism - Theory, etc. | African Americans - Intellectual life. | African Americans in literature. | Criticism - United States. | Oral tradition - United States. | Mythology, African, in literature. | African Americans - Folklore. | American literature - African influences. | LITERARY CRITICISM - American - General.
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
520 8 |aHenry Louis Gates, Jr.'s original, groundbreaking study explores the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach locatedwithinthis tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, and particularly the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and the Signifying Monkey whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature, Gates uncovers a unique system for interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition that black slaves brought with them to the New World. His critical approach relies heavily on the Signifying Monkey--perhaps the most popular figure in African-American folklore--and signification and Signifyin(g). Exploring signification in black American life and literature by analyzing the transmission and revision of various signifying figures, Gates provides an extended analysis of what he calls the "Talking Book," a central trope in early slave narratives that virtually defines the tradition of black American letters. Gates uses this critical framework to examine several major works of African-American literature--including Zora Neale Hurston'sTheir Eyes Were Watching God, Ralph Ellison'sInvisible Man, and Ishmael Reed'sMumbo Jumbo--revealing how these works signify on the black tradition and on each other. The second volume in an enterprising trilogy on African-American literature, The Signifying Monkey--which expands the arguments ofFigures in Black--makes an important contribution to literary theory, African-American literature, folklore, and literary history.
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