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Titre : Pimping Fictions: African American Crime ...
Éditeur : Temple University Press,U.S., United States
Date d'édition : 2013
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : American Literatures Initiativ ed..
Language: English . Brand New Book. The first literary and cultural history of African American crime literature, unveiling the untold story of black pulp publishing since the Civil Rights era. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9781439908105
Synopsis : "Lush sex and stark violence colored Black and served up raw by a great Negro writer," promised the cover of Run Man Run, Chester Himes' pioneering novel in the black crime fiction tradition. In Pimping Fictions, Justin Gifford provides a hard-boiled investigation of hundreds of pulpy paperbacks written by Himes, Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim (aka Robert Beck), among many others. Gifford draws from an impressive array of archival materials to provide a first-of-its-kind literary and cultural history of this distinctive genre. He evaluates the artistic and symbolic representations of pimps, sex-workers, drug dealers, and political revolutionaries in African American crime literature - characters looking to escape the racial containment of prisons and the ghetto. Gifford also explores the struggles of these black writers in the literary marketplace, from the era of white-owned publishing houses like Holloway House - that fed books and magazines like Players to eager black readers - to the contemporary crop of African American women writers reclaiming the genre as their own. Justin Gifford is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Critique: "Gifford's groundbreaking study of the 'art and business of black crime literature' is ingenious in its embrace of elements of street literature from historical and literary perspectives along with the culture of the writers who produce it, the commercial enterprises that publish it, and the 'white-controlled spaces' they occupy and must negotiate... In exploring how these writers, little noticed by academia or mainstream media, negotiate the connection between white-controlled spaces in urban centers, prisons, and publishing, Gifford makes a persuasive case for their importance." Publishers Weekly, December 2012 "Gifford aims to inject greater awareness of black crime fiction into the history of African American cultural production, and his analyses of Chester Himes, Robert Beck, Donald Goines, and Players magazine fulfill that ambition. His book clarifies this popular yet understudied topic... Summing Up: Recommended."--Choice, August 2013
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