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The African-American Literary Cannon
An examination of the characteristics of African-American literature and it canonization.
# 115058 | 1,906 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 05, 2009 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper defines and discusses the African-American literary canon. It shows how African-American writers and literature differ from British and American writers and discusses specific characteristics of African-American writing. The paper then looks at how African-American literature has been pertinently divided into periods by Henry Louis Gates and provides a brief historical view of these periods.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Dept. of State: International Information Programs: Publications - Outline of American Literature." International Information Programs. Apr. 2002. U.S. Department of State. 18 Mar. 2008 <>.
  • Gates, Henry L., and Nellie Y. McKay, eds. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.
  • Gorski, Paul C. "Classic African American Literature." EdChange Multicultural Pavilion. 2008. EdChange. 18 Mar. 2008 <>.
  • Keenan, A M. "African American Review." African American Review. 5 Mar. 2008. Saint Louis University. 16 Mar. 2008 <>.
  • Lightfoot, Judy. "Judy Lightfoot PhD - Some Characteristics of African American Literature." Judy Lightfoot. 18 Mar. 2008 <>.

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