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Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt free pdf Pursuing things yet unattempted in literary criticism, Reginald A Wilburn offers the first scholarly work to theorize African American authors rebellious appropriations of Milton and his canon. This comparative and hybrid study engages African Americans transatlantic negotiations with perhaps the pre-eminent freedom writer in the English tradition. Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature contends that early African American authors appropriated and remastered Milton by completing and complicating Englands epic poet of liberty with the intertextual originality of repetitive difference. Wilburn focuses on a diverse array of early African American authors, such as Phillis Wheatley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Frederick Douglass, and Anna Julia Cooper, to name a few. He examines the presence of Milton in these works as a reflection of early African Americans rhetorical affiliations with the poets satanic epic for messianic purposes of freedom and racial uplift. Wilburn explains that early African American authors were attracted to Milton because of his preeminent status in literary tradition, strong Christian convictions, and poetic mastery of the English language. This tripartite ministry makes Milton an especially indispensible intertext for authors whose writings and oratory were, sometimes, presumed "beneath the dignity of criticism". Through close readings of canonical and obscure texts, Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt explores how various authors rebelled against such assessments of black intellect by altering Miltons meanings, themes, and figures beyond orthodox interpretations and imbuing them with hermeneutic shades of interpretive and cultural difference. However they remastered Milton, these artists respected his oeuvre as a sacred yet secular talking book of revolt, freedom, and cultural liberation. Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt particularly draws upon recent satanic criticism in Milton studies, placing it in dialogue with methodologies germane to African American literary studies. By exposing the subversive workings of an intertextual Middle Passage in black literacy, Wilburn invites scholars from diverse areas of specialisation to traverse within and beyond the cultural veils of racial interpretation and along the colour line in literary studies.

About Reginald A. Wilburn

Reginald A. Wilburn is associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches African American literature and drama, womens literary traditions, and intertextuality studies. He has presented his work on Milton and African American literature and culture at the Modern Language Association- The International Milton Symposium in Tokyo, Japan- the African American Studies Spring Symposium at the University of Texas, San Antonio- and the Northeast Milton Seminar. Wilburn has published in Milton Studies and is a contributing author to Milton Now.

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Author : Reginald A. Wilburn
Publisher : Duquesne University Press
Data Published : 02 May 2014
ISBN : 0820704717
EAN : 9780820704715
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 340 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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