The Critical Response to Ishmael Reed

Author:   Bruce Allen Dick ,  Pavel Zemliansky ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
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9780313300257


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 February 1999
Format:   Hardback
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Ishmael Reed has emerged as one of the most innovative and controversial novelists in contemporary African American literature. By focusing on his nine published novels, this volume charts the critical response to his works over time. The book is organized by decade, with each section containing book reviews and articles. Beginning with material from the 1960s, it explores Reed's concern with artistic freedom and examines the evolution of his Neo-HooDoo aesthetic, which combines satire and parody, comedy and fantasy, African and African American religion, and myth, history, film, and other forms of popular culture. It celebrates and at times criticizes how Reed's fiction defies popular academic conceptions of what American writers, particularly black American writers, ought to be. The book also includes a substantial introduction, a transcript of a recent conversation in which Reed discusses his novels in progress, and an extensive bibliography. Since the publication of his first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers, in 1967, Ishmael Reed has emerged as one of the most innovative and controversial African American writers. Despite his belief that he and other black male artists have been misrepresented and virtually ignored in the press, he has received more critical attention than almost any other contemporary African American male author. The majority of this criticism has studied Reed's literary innovations and what he once called his Neo-HooDoo aesthetic, which draws on satire and parody, comedy and fantasy, African and African American religion, and myth, history, film, and various other elements of popular culture. Since the 1970s, many articles and reviews have looked at his commitment to multiculturalism, while others have examined his views on gender and how they help define his position in the literary world. This volume chronicles the critical response to Reed's works. Organized by decades, the book centers primarily on Reed's nine published novels. It contains book reviews and essays devoted to these novels, as well as a recent interview in which Reed discusses his works in progress, including Making a Killing, a novel about the O.J. Simpson trial. While Reed has attained success as a poet and social critic, his novels continue to attract most of the attention. These include a science fiction fantasy, a western, two mysteries, a neo-slave narrative, two political parodies, a trickster tale about contemporary race and gender issues, and a satire on modern academia. The reaction to his works varies from ridicule and condemnation to respect and high praise. A substantial introduction overviews the response to his works, and a chronology lists the major events in his life and career. The volume concludes with extensive bibliographical information.

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Author:   Bruce Allen Dick ,  Pavel Zemliansky ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Imprint:   Greenwood Press
Dimensions:   Width: 16.20cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.659kg
ISBN:  

9780313300257


ISBN 10:   0313300259
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 February 1999
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse Introduction 1960s The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967) Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969) 1970s Mumbo Jumbo (1972) The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974) Flight to Canada (1976) 1980s The Terrible Twos (1982) Reckless Eyeballing (1986) The Terrible Threes (1988) 1990s Japanese by Spring (1993) Overview Selected Bibliography Index

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?This work should have strong appeal to both new readers and those already familiar with Reed's work. Accessible and engaging, the volume adds an important dimension to the growing body of Reed scholarship and is highly recommended for all collections.?-Choice This work should have strong appeal to both new readers and those already familiar with Reed's work. Accessible and engaging, the volume adds an important dimension to the growing body of Reed scholarship and is highly recommended for all collections. -Choice


This work should have strong appeal to both new readers and those already familiar with Reed's work. Accessible and engaging, the volume adds an important dimension to the growing body of Reed scholarship and is highly recommended for all collections. -Choice ?This work should have strong appeal to both new readers and those already familiar with Reed's work. Accessible and engaging, the volume adds an important dimension to the growing body of Reed scholarship and is highly recommended for all collections.?-Choice


?This work should have strong appeal to both new readers and those already familiar with Reed's work. Accessible and engaging, the volume adds an important dimension to the growing body of Reed scholarship and is highly recommended for all collections.?-Choice


Author Information

BRUCE ALLEN DICK is Associate Professor of English at Appalachian State University. His previous books include Conversations with Ishmael Reed and Conversations with Rudolfo Anaya. PAVEL ZEMLIANSKY is a doctoral student in English at Florida State University.

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