Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Gingher, Robert, ed. The Rough Road Home: Stories by North Carolina Writers. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992. A large collection of stories by contemporary North Carolina writers that shows the impact of this relatively small state in the revival of the American short story. Contains Kenan’s “The Virtue Called Vanity,” which was not included in Let the Dead Bury Their Dead.
Harris, Trudier. “Fear of Family, Fear of Self: Black Southern ’Othering’ in Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits. ” In Women and Others: Perspectives on Race, Gender and Empire, edited by Celia R. Daileader, Rhoda E. Johnson, and Amilcar Shabazz. Basingstoke, Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Discusses the construction of the other by Kenan’s characters as rooted in their anxieties about themselves and their families.
Kenan, Randall. Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. A collection of twelve short stories by Kenan all dealing with life in rural North Carolina. These stories are all set in the fictional village of Tims Creek, the same setting that was used in A Visitation of Spirits, and deal with some of the same characters. The stories suggest that Kenan is trying to create an imaginary world not unlike William Faulkner’s...
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