In this Book

Freedom Time
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
Standard literary criticism tends to either ignore or downplay the unorthodox tradition of black experimental writing that emerged in the wake of protests against colonization and Jim Crow–era segregation. Histories of African American literature likewise have a hard time accounting for the distinctiveness of experimental writing, which is part of a general shift in emphasis among black writers away from appeals for social recognition or raising consciousness. In Freedom Time—the second book to appear in the Callaloo African Diaspora Series—Anthony Reed offers a theoretical reading of "black experimental writing" that understands the term both as a profound literary development and as a concept with which to analyze the ways that writing challenges us to rethink the relationships between race and literary techniques. Through extended analyses of works by African American and Afro-Caribbean writers—including N. H. Pritchard, Suzan-Lori Parks, NourbeSe Philip, Kamau Brathwaite, Claudia Rankine, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, and Nathaniel Mackey—Reed develops a new sense of the literary politics of formally innovative writing and the connections between literature and politics since the 1960s. Freedom Time reclaims the power of experimental black voices by arguing that, if literature fundamentally serves the human need for freedom in expression, then readers and critics must see it as more than a mere reflection of the politics of social protest and identity formation. With an approach informed by literary, cultural, African American, and feminist studies, Reed shows how reworking literary materials and conventions liberates writers to push the limits of representation and expression.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-ix
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction: Visions of a Liberated Future
  2. pp. 1-24
  3. restricted access Download |
  2. pp. 25-25
  1. 1 Broken Witness: Concrete Poetry and a Poetics of Unsaying
  2. pp. 27-58
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2 Establishing Synchronisms: Sycorax Video Style and the Plural Instant
  2. pp. 59-96
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3 Between Now and Yet: Postlyric Poetry and the Moment of Expression
  2. pp. 97-132
  3. restricted access Download |
  2. pp. 133-133
  1. 4 Sing It in My Voice: Blues, Irony, and a Politics of Affirmative Difference
  2. pp. 135-170
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5 Exploding Dimensions of Song: The Utopian Poetics of the Cut
  2. pp. 171-206
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Postscript: Destination . . . Out! Experimentation, Aesthetics, and Racial Time
  2. pp. 207-214
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-239
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-251
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-262
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.