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Signifying Monkey
By Henry Louis Gates

The Signifying Monkey

A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism

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Signifying Monkey by Henry Louis Gates

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The second volume in a ground-breaking trilogy on Afro-American literature, The Signifying Monkey explores the relationships between the African and Afro-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach located within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Looking at the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture - and particularly at the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and the Signifying Monkey, whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature - Gates uncovers a unique system of interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition, that came with black slaves to the New World.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195060751
ISBN-10: 019506075X
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 155mm x 17mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Oct-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Chairman of the Department of Afro-American Studies and W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of Figures in Black, Loose Canons, and Colored People; general editor of The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers; and general editor of The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute series.

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