THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY: A THEORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERARY CRITICISM.

By: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.

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290 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "(This) original, groundbreaking study explores the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach located within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, and particularly the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and the Signifying Monkey whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature, Gates uncovers a unique system of interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition that black slaves brought with them to the New World. Gates uses this critical framework to examine several major works of African-American literature, including Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God', Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man', and Ishmael Reed's 'Mumbo Jumbo'." Interior - tiny bump to top/bottom corner of approx. first 50 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - faint spine crease, tiny corner creases, very light rubbing.

Title: THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY: A THEORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERARY CRITICISM.

Author Name: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.

Categories: American History & Travel, Literary Reference, Myths, Legends & Fantasy,

Edition: Second Printing.

Publisher: New York, Oxford University Press: 1989

ISBN Number: 019506075X

ISBN Number 13: 9780195060751

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 17909

Keywords: American literature, Afro-American, Criticism, Theory, Intellectual life, Afro-Americans, Blacks, Oral traditions, United States, Folklore, Mythology, African, Influences, Myths, Language, Zora Neale Hurston, Ishmael Reed, Alice Walker, Esu-Elegbara, African-American, African-Americans, Africa, Literary Influences, Vernacular Traditions, Black Literature, Latin America, Caribbean, Yoruba, Tricksters, Signifying Monkey, Slaves, Slavery, African-American Literature, Mumbo Jumbo, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Invisible Man.,