Table of Contents:
  • Humor in Alice Walker's The color purple
  • Slanting the truth: homosexuality, manhood, and race in James Baldwin's Giovanni's room
  • New invisible man: revisiting a nightmare in the 1990s (Brent Wade's Company man and Ralph Ellison's Invisible man)
  • Zapping the editor, or, how to tell censors to kiss off without really trying: Zora Neale Hurston's fights with authority figures in Dust tracks on a road
  • Architecture as destiny? Woman and survival strategies in Ann Petry's The street
  • Chocklit geography: Raymond Andrews's mythical soul
  • The necessary binding: prison experiences in three August Wilson plays
  • Hands beyond the grave: Henry Dumas's influence on Toni Morrison
  • Salting the land but not the imagination: William Melvin Kelley's A different drummer
  • Transformations of the land in Randall Kenan's "The foundations of the earth"
  • Expectations too great: the failure of racial calling in Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth
  • Ugly legacies of the Harlem Renaissance and earlier: Soul food and new Negroes.