Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature
Gene Andrew Jarrett
232 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Cloth 2006 | ISBN 0-8122-3973-3 | $47.50 | £31.00
"In Deans and Truants Gene Jarrett has inaugurated an entirely new approach to the subject of canon-formation in African American Literature, insisting that we expand our definition of the tradition to include black authors who chose not to write about race, and who, consequently, have often found their works uncollected and unanalyzed, if not severely critiqued. Jarrett’s cogent and compelling argument is sure to generate debate and, ultimately, lead to a reconsideration of what, exactly, is ‘African American’ about African American Literature. This is a very important book and marks the inaugural intervention of one of the major scholars and critics of African American Literature of a new generation."–Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
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