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The African American Sonnet: A Literary History

Timo Müller


Some of the most famous African American poems are sonnets: Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die,” Countee Cullen’s “Yet Do I Marvel,” Gwendolyn Brooks’s “First fight. Then fiddle.” Few readers realize that these poems come from a rich tradition of more than a thousand sonnets written by African American poets over a century and a half. The African American Sonnet: A Literary History traces this forgotten tradition from the nineteenth century to the present. Based on extensive archival research, the study demonstrates that closer attention to the sonnet modifies our understanding of key developments ... More

Keywords: African American, poetry, sonnet, space, transnational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496817839
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timo Müller, author
University of Augsburg