[Blackstudies-l] New Book–Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing

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*Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing*

*Anthony Reed, assistant professor of English and African American studies*

*(Johns Hopkins University Press)*

According to the publisher, 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” Anthony
Reed offers a theoretical reading of “black experimental writing” that
presents the term both as a literary development and as a concept for
analyzing how 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” argues 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.
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