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Product Details

  • Paperback: 670 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813529301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813529301
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

With this new anthology of Harlem Renaissance literature, Patton (Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction) and Honey (editor, Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance), both at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, attempt to "restore and underline the importance of women's writing" and sexual orientation to the Harlem Renaissance. The balanced selection of women and men is similar to that found in Henry Louis Gates's Norton Anthology of African American Literature (LJ 2/01/97), but the inclusion of lesser-known figures and works is aimed at focusing on the ideology of the renaissance, gay and lesbian themes, and differences in gender-based issues. Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston are among the authors represented, and the selected works include essays, poetry, prose, and drama, with lyrics and visual art used as illustration. The editors also break with the tendency to define the beginning and end of the renaissance with political events by focusing on specific literary works, which allows them to broaden the period to 1916-37. Both editors have done previous research in the field of African American women's literature and include a biographical sketch of each writer to underline how their gender, class, and sexual orientation shaped their work. Necessary for all academic libraries. Paolina Taglienti, Long Island Univ. Lib., Brooklyn, NY
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In this important new anthology, Venetria K. Patton and Maureen Honey bring together a comprehensive selection of texts from the Harlem Renaissance-a key period in the literary and cultural history of the United States. The collection revolutionizes our way of viewing this era, since it redresses the ongoing emphasis on the male writers of this time. Double-Take offers a unique, balanced collection of writers-men and women, gay and straight, familiar and obscure. Arranged by author, rather than by genre, this anthology includes works from major Harlem Renaissance figures as well as often-overlooked essayists, poets, dramatists, and artists. The editors have included works from a wide variety of genres-poetry, short stories, drama, and essays-allowing readers to understand the true interdisciplinary quality of this cultural movement. Biographical sketches of the authors are provided and most of the pieces are included in their entirety. Double-Take also includes artwork and illustrations, many of which are from original journals and have never before been reprinted. Significantly, Double-Take is the first Harlem Renaissance title to include song lyrics to illustrate the interrelation of various art forms.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black Book Lover on March 9, 2013
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Double-Take is a wonderful collection of African Literature from one of the most exciting periods in U.S. Black literature. The editors have done an excellent job of sifting through the large body of work from that movement and identifying some of the most interesting and compelling texts that have not generally been a part of the canon. I have used this collection in the classroom, and it is a wonderfully effective teaching teaching tool. Students loved this book, and several read far beyond the assigned essays, stories and poems.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By knitfelt on September 26, 2012
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...since I just purchased this book this is NOT a review of the content. But, it is to forewarn people the Kindle edition has many problems. The footnotes don't work correctly, there hyphen errors, the table of contemts links only work in some cases, etc. The book still remains readable, however and is much cheaper than the print edition, so I will be keeping it as I need it for a class. But, if you are debating which edition to get and are willing to pay the extra, go for the print.
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By L. Johnson on December 18, 2014
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Great book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Garibay on September 10, 2013
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It's like new a couple of highlighted sentences and some notes. Very clean and taken care of the binding is still like new.
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Dr. Venetria K. Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Professor of English at Purdue University. Prior to her appointment at Purdue, Dr. Patton was an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served in a number of administrative capacities including a term as Coordinator of African American and African Studies. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of La Verne and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Patton's teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women's Literature. In 2003, she won two teaching awards: the Annis Chaiken Sorensen Distinguished Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Patton is the author of Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY, 2000), the Co-editor of Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology (Rutgers, 2001) and editor of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006). She recently published The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women's Texts (SUNY, 2013) and a second edition of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature (2014). Her essays have appeared in Black Studies and Women's Studies journals as well as the essay collections, Postcolonial Perspectives on Women Writers From Africa, the Caribbean, and the US (Africa World Press, 2003), White Scholars/African American Texts (Rutgers UP, 2005), and Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She is also the editor of the fall 2011 issue of Black Women, Gender, and Families and co-editor of the spring 2004 issue of The Black Scholar. Dr. Patton is a member of the Hanna Community Center board, a past Chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and a former board member of the National Council for Black Studies. She has spoken to both academic and general audiences regarding African American literature, navigating higher education, Kwanzaa, and other African American topics.

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