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The Postwar African American NovelProtest and Discontent, 1945-1950$
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Stephanie Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739732

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739732.001.0001

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Beyond Protest: Retracing the Margins of the Postwar African American Novel

Beyond Protest: Retracing the Margins of the Postwar African American Novel

(p.7) Chapter One Beyond Protest: Retracing the Margins of the Postwar African American Novel
The Postwar African American Novel

Stephanie Brown

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter aims to recreate the conditions of the production of the African American novel between 1945 and 1950. In doing so, it is necessary to not only recover the lost voices of the time but pry open a space in the critical models available for theorizing postwar African American culture. The end of the Cold War provided cultural historians with both a sense of closure for a long-standing global narrative and a rich source of archival materials from the former Soviet Union and its satellites. The focus has often been on the work of white writers, while black musicians and visual artists have stood in for the cultural production of African Americans more generally. Ralph Ellison provides the single exception.

Keywords:   lost voices, African American novel, critical models, African American culture, Cold War

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