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"Who Set You Flowin'?": The African-American Migration Narrative (Race and American Culture) Paperback – September 26, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0195088977 ISBN-10: 0195088972

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Product Details

  • Series: Race and American Culture
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195088972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195088977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book]...will will attract a wide readership inside and outside the Academy."--Booklist


"Moving brilliantly across a vast range of textual spaces and political geographies...[this book] is in every way an exemplary work of U.S. cultural studies."--Eric Lott, University of Virginia


"A bold and brilliant book...that breathes new life into such old pardigms as `the Great Migration,' `the rural folk,' and `the urban masses.' Informative, fascinating, and finely crafted. A pleasure to read."--Ann duCille, Wesleyan University


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Farah Jasmine Griffin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives and writes in Philadelphia.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By QiWhi on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Farah Jasmine Griffin's invaluable book brings together a wide variety of sources -- from novels and poetry to photography and music lyrics -- to illustrate how migration has impacted African-American life and art. The writing is smooth and concise, but I particularly enjoyed the way Griffin creates a new vocabulary for discussing urban/rural cultural representations. She also looks at the way gender impacts migration narratives, which I found helpful. This work would be extremely helpful to anyone studying African-American literature, particularly Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, or Gloria Naylor as well as blues singers and the artist, Jacob Lawrence.
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