Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Paperback)
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Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Paperback)

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Beginning with a deceptively simple question-What do we mean when we designate behaviours, values, or forms of expression as "black"?-Evie Shockley's Renegade Poetics separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long encompassed. The study reminds us, first, that even among the radicalised young poets and theorists who associated themselves with the Black Arts Movement that began in the mid-1960s, the contours of black aesthetics were deeply contested and, second, that debates about the relationship between aesthetics and politics for African American artists continue into the twenty-first century.

Shockley argues that a rigid notion of black aesthetics commonly circulates that is little more than a caricature of the concept. She sees the Black Aesthetic as influencing not only African American poets and their poetic production, but also, through its shaping of criteria and values, the reception of their work. Taking as its starting point the young BAM artists' and activists' insistence upon the interconnectedness of culture and politics, this study delineates how African American poets-in particular, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Harryette Mullen, Anne Spencer, Ed Roberson, and Will Alexander-generate formally innovative responses to their various historical and cultural contexts.

Out of her readings, Shockley eloquently builds a case for redefining black aesthetics descriptively, to account for nearly a century of efforts by African American poets and critics to name and tackle issues of racial identity and self-determination. In the process, she resituates innovative poetry that has been dismissed, marginalised, or misread because its experiments were not "recognisably black"-or, in relation to the avant-garde tradition, because they were.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9781609380588
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 455 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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""Renegade Poetics" would be a valuable work even if it only added substantially to the now, finally, bourgeoning discourse reconsidering the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Evie Shockley, however, does far more than that. She considerably broadens our considerations of black aesthetics and brings the discussion forward through the subsequent stages of criticism to a meditation upon what black aesthetics and poetics can mean for us in the twenty-first century. This is one of the best first books of criticism I've ever read, a book easily the equal of work done by much more experienced and celebrated scholars."--Aldon Nielsen, author, "Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation"


" Renegade Poetics" would be a valuable work even if it only added substantially to the now, finally, bourgeoning discourse reconsidering the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Evie Shockley, however, does far more than that. She considerably broadens our considerations of black aesthetics and brings the discussion forward through the subsequent stages of criticism to a meditation upon what black aesthetics and poetics can mean for us in the twenty-first century. This is one of the best first books of criticism I've ever read, a book easily the equal of work done by much more experienced and celebrated scholars. Aldon Nielsen, author, "Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation""


"Renegade Poetics would be a valuable work even if it only added substantially to the now, finally, bourgeoning discourse reconsidering the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Evie Shockley, however, does far more than that. She considerably broadens our considerations of black aesthetics and brings the discussion forward through the subsequent stages of criticism to a meditation upon what black aesthetics and poetics can mean for us in the twenty-first century. This is one of the best first books of criticism I've ever read, a book easily the equal of work done by much more experienced and celebrated scholars."--Aldon Nielsen, author, Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation

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