restricted access   Volume 45, Numbers 1-2, Spring/Summer 2012

Table of Contents


True Terror: The Haunting of Spike Lee's 25th Hour

pp. 1-16

When the Levees Broke: Inconvenient Truths and the Limits of National Identity

pp. 17-31

The Theater of Hustle and the Hustle of Theater: Play, Player, and Played in Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog

pp. 33-47

Black Women's Labor and the Melodrama of Class Mobility in Sutton Griggs's Overshadowed

pp. 49-64

"People Will Pay to Hear the Drama": Plagiarism in Clotel

pp. 65-82

William Wells Brown's Economy of Entertainment

pp. 83-98

Sula's Joke on Psychoanalysis

pp. 99-113

Approaching the Thing of Slavery: A Lacanian Analysis of Toni Morrison's Beloved

pp. 115-130

The Cartography of Memory: An Ecocritical Reading of Ntozake Shange's Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

pp. 131-142

Adapting The Bluest Eye for the Stage

pp. 143-155

Even Better than the Real Thing: Boris Vian, Vernon Sullivan, and Film Noir

pp. 157-166

Confronting The Stone Face: The Critical Cosmopolitanism of William Gardner Smith

pp. 167-182

"To Ask Again": Folklore, Mumbo Jumbo, and the Question of Ethnographic Metafictions

pp. 183-196

Performing the Past to Claim the Future: Sun Ra and the Afro-Future Underground, 1954-1968

pp. 197-203

A Lie of Omission: Plagiarism in Nella Larsen's Quicksand

pp. 205-216

Poetry and Fiction

Travels with Paul

pp. 217-223

The Races of America

pp. 225-227

Douglass in London 1861, and: Interrogating Wordsworth, and: Douglass in Cedar Hill

pp. 228-229

Serengeti, and: Uhuru Peak

p. 230

Landing Soft, and: Feeling Us

p. 231

Black Chaco Canyon Revery

pp. 232-233

Why Girls Walk Home, and: Affirmative Action

pp. 234-235

Breckinridge Mill Dam: Virginian Summer

p. 236

Wading in Shallow Water

p. 237

Family Reunion, 1993, and: To the Green Polka Dot Muumuu My Mother Loved to See Her Mother Wear

p. 238

Book Reviews

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (review)

pp. 239-244

Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage by Vincent Carretta (review)

pp. 245-249

New Essays on Phillis Wheatley ed. by John C. Shields and Eric D. Lamore (review)

pp. 250-251

Brother Mine: The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank ed. by Kathleen Pfeiffer, and: Cane: A Norton Critical Edition by Jean Toomer (review)

pp. 251-255

Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle (review)

pp. 255-256

The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 by Lawrence P. Jackson (review)

pp. 256-258

The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance by James Smethurst (review)

pp. 258-261

Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945 by R. A. Lawson (review)

pp. 261-263

Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body by Harvey Young (review)

pp. 263-265

The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces of Resistance by Maxine Lavon Montgomery (review)

pp. 265-267

Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic by Amy Abugo Ongiri (review)

pp. 267-270


pp. 271-273