Talk:African-American literature

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Sentence fragments[edit]

  • "Also, Briton Hammon's "The Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprising Deliverence of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man", 1760." - This is a sentence fragment. Awadewit (talk) 15:26, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Poet Phillis Wheatley (1753–84), who published her book Poems on Various Subjects in 1773, three years before American independence. - This is a sentence fragment. How should we connect Wheatley to the other writers in this paragraph? That will help us write this sentence. Awadewit (talk) 15:29, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

African American Vernacular English in literature[edit]

Unlike many language articles, the article on AAVE has no discussion of how this variety of English has been used in literature. I'm sure this is something that has been discussed by scholars, and I wondered if anyone would be in a position to add a short section to that article. Many thanks if you can add anything. Itsmejudith (talk) 14:08, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Eye dialect may have something to say. Rich Farmbrough, 20:12, 23 July 2010 (UTC).

Civil Rights Movement section anemic[edit]

What about Cleaver's Soul on Ice?

The article mentions no African-American literature from the 1960s. It's a little hard to believe that nothing came out of that most volatile decade. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.94.82.148 (talk) 22:26, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

OR removed[edit]

"This view is supported by the fact that many African American authors—and writers representing other minority groups—consistently reach the tops of the best-seller lists. If their literature only appealed to their individual ethnic groups, this would not be possible."

This is a synthesis of the uncited "many African American authors—and writers representing other minority groups—consistently reach the tops of the best-seller lists." and hypothetical "If their literature only appealed to their individual ethnic groups, this would not be possible" (37 million is a lot of people.) in support of "This view". Rich Farmbrough, 21:33, 23 July 2010 (UTC).

Article title[edit]

There is a debate on the use of hyphens and dashes (could be a dash depending on the out-come) at WP:MOS covered by an WP:Arbcom moratorium but the use of a hyphen in this title is not correct by any measure that I can see. There are several articles that have been created using other than a space between African and American and I think this needs attention when the issue is settled. Otr500 (talk) 15:07, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Just to clarify: the issue is en-dashes, not em-dashes, which would never be used for African(-)American. Also, the relevant section is Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style#Arbitration motion regarding hyphens and dashes. Aristophanes68 (talk) 18:03, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

relationship to writers in other genres?[edit]

As it stands now, the article seems to mainly focus on what you might call a genre of literature, African-American literature, rather than more broadly all literature written by African-Americans. That's definitely important to cover in an article, but it would also be interesting if it covered the relationship to African-American authors in other genres as well—for example, black science fiction is fairly important, but not mentioned here. --Delirium (talk) 23:53, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Black = African-American?[edit]

I was surprised to be redirected here from "Black literature". What about literature by non-American blacks? 86.159.192.146 (talk) 14:29, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

That's a good point. Can you think of another article to which Black literature should redirect? — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 17:57, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Women Writers[edit]

To whom it may concern: I would like to inform everyone that due to the lack of information on women writers on the page, I will be adding female African American writers to the page. I look forward to your input. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mjay22 (talkcontribs) 06:36, 13 November 2012 (UTC)