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Masters of the Drum: Black Lit/oratures Across the Continuum, Vol. 175 written by Robert E. Fox

 

Masters of the Drum: Black Lit/oratures Across the Continuum, Vol. 175 written by Robert E. Fox

Overview:

Masters of the Drum, comprising eight essays and two interviews, examines both celebrated and insufficiently explored Caribbean, African, and African-American lit/orature that asserts the interface between the scribal and the spoken/gestural in Black word art. This triple play—engagement with the three principal regions of the Black world—reflects the author's interest in Black comparative studies, wherein the expressions and emphases of the Black Atlantic tradition (Africa and its diasporas) are deeply exposed and revealingly juxtaposed. The book's apparent eclecticism is intended to help flex the boundaries of Black literary and cultural studies in response to the dangers of a narrow construction of the newly canonical and of an overly particularist critical stance.

Synopsis:

Masters of the Drum, comprising eight essays and two interviews, examines both celebrated and insufficiently explored Caribbean, African, and African-American lit/orature that asserts the interface between the scribal and the spoken/gestural in Black word art. This triple play—engagement with the three principal regions of the Black world—reflects the author's interest in Black comparative studies, wherein the expressions and emphases of the Black Atlantic tradition (Africa and its diasporas) are deeply exposed and revealingly juxtaposed. The book's apparent eclecticism is intended to help flex the boundaries of Black literary and cultural studies in response to the dangers of a narrow construction of the newly canonical and of an overly particularist critical stance.

Booknews

Taking the drum as the central metaphor, Fox (English, Southern Illinois U.-Carbondale) explores the pan-Atlantic currents of African culture. The seven essays include such topics as African American literature and criticism, neo-hoodoo the poetry of Bob Kaufman, and Caribbean women's writings. Also included are interviews with Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah and Jamaican poet and painter Lorna Goodison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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