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Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of It? Hardcover – May 15, 2006

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Guzman's collection of more than 60 writers follows the trajectory of race and the literary scene in Chicago, often clashing with Chicago politics and just as often adding to the verve of the city. Spanning from 1861 through the 1980s, this collection includes the vibrant Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and the slam poetry scene. Readers can read within and between the selections the long history of debate about the role of black writers to uplift, agitate, reveal, and define. The collection begins with J.W.M. (Colored) writing in the Chicago Tribune in 1861 and ends with 1964 slam poems by Ken Green. In between are newspaper articles, fiction, essays, drama, and social commentary from an assortment of writers, including Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Clarence Page, and Haki R. Madhubuti. Guzman includes authors not always thought of as Chicago writers--Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, even James Baldwin--because Chicago was a central site in their careers. This is a valuable resource for readers interested in the continuous presence and impact of black writers in Chicago. Vanessa Bush
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“The ‘canon’ of Chicago’s literature invariably emphasizes the city’s multiethnic character, but until recently white authors’ representations of Chicago have been best known. This collection offers an alternative vision to the Chicago of Dreiser, Sandburg, Masters, and Anderson. It reveals the continuous presence of black writers in Chicago and their pivotal contributions to the city’s cultural, political, and intellectual life. Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of It? is also invaluable for introducing readers to a new generation of writers. This is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in the literature of Chicago.”—Lisa Woolley, author of American Voices of the Chicago Renaissance

“Richard R. Guzman’s Black Writing from Chicago: In the World, Not of It? brings together the rich histories of literary Chicago and black Chicago. His selections celebrate the vital tradition of African American writing in Chicago as an important counterpoint to African American writing in New York and to the Harlem Renaissance. Guzman highlights the geographical contiguity of presixties black writers and those who followed. Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Johnson, and Angela Jackson are rarely remembered as Chicago writers. This anthology reminds us of their Chicago origins and of many other black Chicago literary children.”—Carla Cappetti, author of Writing Chicago: Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809327031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809327034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,585,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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