Category Archives: Baker, Houston A.

Cultural Fabrics

Marjorie Agosin discusses contemporary Latin American poetry and reads from her own work. Houston Baker and Henry Louis Gates discuss African-American literature and the cultural canon of the United States. 474 – Cultural Fabrics

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Afro-American Literary Culture

According to Houston Baker,¬†Afro-American literature in the United States in the mid-1980s has only recently found legitimacy and acceptance. Many literary historians and critics considered Afro-American literature to be nontraditional in both form and content. In the figure of the … Continue reading

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Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order, Part 6 of 6

Houston Baker discusses his research on blues music and its place in American culture, which was published as Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory. Short recorded examples illustrate early African-American influences on the blues style, such as the … Continue reading

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Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order, Part 2 of 6; Commentary on The Black Huddle

Houston Baker, Blyden Jackson, James Olney, and John Sekora discuss the major themes and aesthetic concerns that unify and divide black writers, and the effects of the emergence of African-American studies on both the academy and society as a whole. … Continue reading

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Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order, Part 1 of 6

Houston Baker, Blyden Jackson,¬†James Olney, and John Sekora examine the status of African-American writing and literature in the mid-1980s and discuss changes in awareness of black writing to academic and popular audiences. They note increasing interest in and knowledge of … Continue reading

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