An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution
Copyright Year: 2021
Publisher: University System of Georgia
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The book provides excellent references to scholarly articles, books and primary sources on the creative work and life experiences of Black British people in England. It would be helpful to add a chronological list of Black British poets and... read more
The book provides excellent references to scholarly articles, books and primary sources on the creative work and life experiences of Black British people in England. It would be helpful to add a chronological list of Black British poets and writers. This would help professors, who often didn't have this information in their graduate training, to add these writers to their British surveys, undergraduate and graduate courses.
Although I don't have the expertise to judge the accuracy of the work, the text seems very accurate, and information is consistently attributed to scholarly sources.
The book is very relevant and necessary, especially since the British literary canon is far less diverse than the traditional works taught in American Literature. The text is designed so it can be updated fairly easily. .
The language is pretty clear, though the style can be a little convoluted at times. It would also have been helpful if historical terms like the "Windrush Generation" were defined when they were first introduced in the text.
Terminology is used consistently throughout the text.
The book is very helpful for English professors who teach British Literature; it provides a good summary of the major themes in Black British literature. The long sections of text, however, may make this book difficult for an undergraduate to read, especially an undergraduate in an introductory survey course.
The text seems well organized. It is especially useful to have a Selected Bibliography and sometimes Suggested Further Reading Section after each chapter of the text. I especially liked the interviews with scholars, since these interviews were consistently lively, insightful, and interesting to read.
The book was easy to follow.
The text did not seem to have any grammatical errors.
The text included a variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds, and also included consistent discussions of the interplay of race and class.
This book was very informative and helpful.
Table of Contents
- Reclamations Following a History of Exclusion
- Imagining Africa: Entrenching Stereotypes
- Race and Religion
- Constructions of Race in Britain
- An Interview with Josie Gill
- An Interview with Angela F. Jacobs
- An Interview with Miranda Kaufmann
- An Interview with Onyeka Nubia
- Brief Biographies of Black People in Britain
About the Book
Funded by the University System of Georgia’s “Affordable Learning Georgia” initiative, An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution corrects, expands, and celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in the study of British Literature, undoing some of the anti-Black history of British studies.
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