Richard Wright Black Boy (1945)
9.30 seminar only: Please post two sentences on the forum by Tuesday of week 5; one statement about Black Boy, and one question.
Jerry W. Ward Jr. "Everybody's Protest Novel: the Richard Wright Era." The Cambridge Companion to The African American Novel. Ed. Maryemma Graham. CUP, 2004, 173-188.
C W E Bigsby & Roger Thompson. “The Black Experience.” Eds. Malcolm Bradbury & Howard Temperley. Introduction to American Studies. Third edition. Longman, 1998, 150-177.
You might find it useful to read my lecture on Ralph Ellison this week, since it refers to Richard Wright as well:
Please consider the following questions:
In what ways does Richard Wright draw on a tradition of African American autobiographical writing; e.g. the Narrative of Frederick Douglass?
In what ways does Richard Wright craft his work: is it in any way a “representative” autobiography?
Identify specific aspects of literary style deployed by Richard Wright in his autobiography.
Does protest writing only deploy the style of social realism?
James Baldwin. "Everybody's Protest Novel." Notes of a Native Son. first published 1955.
Project on the History of Black Writing: Making the Wright Connection: http://web.ku.edu/~wrightconnection/cgi-bin/drupal/
Excerpt from RICHARD WRIGHT: Native Son, Author and Activist from the Black American Experience series from TMW Media:
Remember that we also have a workshop in the Capital Rehearsal Room at IATL (previously known as the Capital Centre) on Friday morning this week. Friday 10.00-12.00. We shall be working on Black Boy and the opening of Invisible Man. (I'll provide copies of the latter if you haven't already got yours.) Workshop title: Race: Trope &/or Reality?