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Author Rodgers, Lawrence R. (Lawrence Richard), 1960-

Title Canaan bound : the African-American great migration novel / Lawrence R. Rodgers.

Published Chicago : University of Illinois Press, [1997]


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Physical description xv, 235 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-223) and index.
Contents Introduction: The Great Migration Novel Form -- 1. The Early Migration Novel -- 2. Migration and the Harlem Renaissance -- 3. The Fugitive Migrant Novel's Critique of Ascent -- 4. The Communal Migrant's Recuperation of Immersion -- Epilogue: Post-Ellison Migration Novels.
Summary Drawing on a wide range of major literary voices, including Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison, as well as lesser-known writers such as William Attaway (Blood on the Forge) and Dorothy West (The Living Is Easy), Rodgers conducts a kind of literary archaeology of the Great Migration. He mines the writers' biographical connections to migration and teases apart the ways in which individual novels relate to one another, to the historical situation of black America, and to African-American literature as a whole. In reading migration novels in relation to African-American literary texts such as slave narratives, folk tales, and urban fiction, Rodgers affirms the southern folk roots of African-American culture and argues for a need to stem the erosion of southern memory.
Subject American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Rural-urban migration in literature.
Migration, Internal, in literature.
City and town life in literature.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Southern States -- In literature.
ISBN 0252023048 (acid-free paper)
0252066057 (paperback: alk. paper)