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  Volume 44, Number 4, Winter 2011

Table of Contents

MLA Roundtable

Assessing What Was African American Literature?; or, The State of the Field in the New Millennium


pp. 567-570

Our Mayan Prophecy

pp. 570-573

Canals and Rivers

pp. 573-575

On Tradition

pp. 575-578

Trains, Planes, and What Was African American Literature?

pp. 578-582

Leaving WAS Behind

pp. 582-584


pp. 584-591


Her Dark Materials: John Milton, Toni Morrison, and Concepts of “Dominion” in A Mercy

pp. 593-606

The Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potter

pp. 607-618

The Lord Is a Man of War: John Jasper, Covenant, and Apocalypse

pp. 619-631

Visions of Tribulation: White Gaze and Black Spectacle in Richard Wright’s Native Son and The Outsider

pp. 633-648

New World A-Coming: African American Documentary Intertexts of the Federal Writers’ Project

pp. 649-666

Southern Patriarchy and the Figure of the White Woman in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon”

pp. 667-685

Mirrors of Deception: Visualizing Blackness in the Poetry of Chicago Black Artist Johari Amini

pp. 687-692

Poetry and Fiction


pp. 693-698

What We Knew of Power

p. 699

The World’s Shortest African American Story

p. 700

Strange Death and Tragic Afterlife, and: Anti-Heroic Couplets, Written By Himself, and: Ballad of the Poet-Intellectual

pp. 701-704

Selection from Tanka Diary

p. 705

After the Yelling Stopped, and: My Grandmother Could Wring a Chicken’s Neck, and: Somewhere East of Troost, and: Yard Work, and: Borrowed Brilliance, and: The Lynch Family Blues

pp. 706-708

On Earth

p. 709

Ode to an Ancestor, and: Illusion

p. 710

Crazy Mabel

pp. 711-716

Book Reviews

What Was African American Literature? (review)

pp. 717-719

The Anthology of Rap (review)

pp. 719-721

Wrestling With the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (review)

pp. 721-722

Three Days Before the Shooting. . . (review)

pp. 723-725

We Wear the Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality (review)

pp. 725-727

The Collage Aesthetic in the Harlem Renaissance (review)

pp. 727-729

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers (review)

pp. 729-730

Shaping Words to Fit the Soul: The Southern Ritual Grounds of Afro-Modernism (review)

pp. 731-732

Traumatic Possessions: The Body and Memory in African American Women’s Writing and Performance (review)

pp. 732-734

Something Akin to Freedom: The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women (review)

pp. 734-736



pp. 737-739