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To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (review)

To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (review) Reviews Our regular review section features some of the best new books, films, and sound record- ings in southern studies. From time to time you'll also find reviews of important new museum exhibitions and public-history sites, and retrospectives on classic works that continue to shape our understanding of the region and its people. Our aim is to explore the rich diversity of southern life and the methods and approaches of those who study it. Please write us to share your suggestions, or to add your name to our reviewer file. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. By Eric J. Sundquist. Harvard University Press, 1993. 705 pp. Cloth, $29.95; paper, $16.95. Reviewed by Joel Williamson, Lineberger professor in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of William Faulkner and Southern History. In To Wake the Nations, Eric Sundquist argues persuasively that literary scholars have not yet fully appreciated the contribution of African American literature to American literary culture. He also makes the more fundamental argument that they have hardly begun to recognize the general impact of African American culture on mainstream American culture. Not only has the work http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (review)

Southern Cultures , Volume 2 (1) – Jan 4, 1995

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Reviews Our regular review section features some of the best new books, films, and sound record- ings in southern studies. From time to time you'll also find reviews of important new museum exhibitions and public-history sites, and retrospectives on classic works that continue to shape our understanding of the region and its people. Our aim is to explore the rich diversity of southern life and the methods and approaches of those who study it. Please write us to share your suggestions, or to add your name to our reviewer file. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. By Eric J. Sundquist. Harvard University Press, 1993. 705 pp. Cloth, $29.95; paper, $16.95. Reviewed by Joel Williamson, Lineberger professor in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of William Faulkner and Southern History. In To Wake the Nations, Eric Sundquist argues persuasively that literary scholars have not yet fully appreciated the contribution of African American literature to American literary culture. He also makes the more fundamental argument that they have hardly begun to recognize the general impact of African American culture on mainstream American culture. Not only has the work

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Published: Jan 4, 1995

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