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Helon Habila’s debut novel Waiting for an Angel is a literary endeavor to capture a sliver of Nigeria’s postcolonial history. Following a journalist and poet living in the country following the colonial period, Habila utilizes historical moments to…

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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s antebellum novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was originally published as a serial piece in The National Era newspaper in 1851 and 1852. Eventually published as a novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin has a controversial historical legacy. Heralded…

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Anchoring her poetic narrative in the midst of the Great Migration, Rita Dove knits together the story of Thomas and Beulah, a black couple living in the industrial and urban Midwest. Divided into two halves, the first twenty-three poems in the…

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Chinua Achebe, famed author of Things Fall Apart, is recognized as a key author of postcolonial fiction. In his memoir There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra, Achebe addresses his personal experiences living in Nigeria during…

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Fluctuating between magical and literary realism, Ben Okri’s The Famished Road is a novel that shifts between African folklore traditions and the literary styles of the West. Set in an unnamed postcolonial Nigerian city, The Famished Road follows…

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Originally published anonymously in 1912, this 1927 edition of The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man was the first to credit James Weldon Johnson as the author. Written during the nascent period of the Harlem Renaissance, the fictional…

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Jazz reverberates across the pages of Toni Morrison’s novels. Taking the techniques from this black musical tradition, rhythms, riffs, solos, and cadences emerge in Morrison’s prose as literary devices. The prose in Tar Baby is no exception. Caught…

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On February 13, 1943, the fictional character Jesse B. Semple debuted as the protagonist of a new weekly column written by Langston Hughes. Known as Simple, Hughes crafted him to be emblematic of working class African Americans in the mid-20th…

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Categorized as Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “dialect poems,” The Poems of Cabin and Field were written in an imagined black vernacular. Paired with staged photographs of plantation life, the poetry collection was one of the first publications to project a…
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