African American Mystery Writers

African American Mystery Writers

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The book describes the movement by African American authors from slave narratives and antebellum newspapers into fiction writing, and the subsequent developments of black genre fiction through the present. It analyzes works by modern African American mystery writers, focusing on sleuths, the social locations of crime, victims and offenders, the notion of qdoing justice, q and the role of African American cultural vernacular in mystery fiction. A final section focuses on readers and reading, examining African American mystery writers' access to the marketplace and the issue of the qdouble audienceq raised by earlier writers.In the process, we traveled from the colonial era to the present, examining how African American writers have responded to issues of crime and justice. ... writer with a busy life (full-time job, infant grandson to raise, attending grad school), and it was easier to have a cop as her sleuth than an amateur or PI ... African Americans have never been completely free of the surveillance, 203 Concluding Thoughts.

Title:African American Mystery Writers
Author:Frankie Y. Bailey
Publisher:McFarland - 2008-11-12


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