Do you agree that African- American writers have introduced new themes,issues and modes of language into American literature ? refer to any text .Do you agree that African- American writers have...

Do you agree that African- American writers have introduced new themes,issues and modes of language into American literature ? refer to any text .

Do you agree that African- American writers have introduced new themes,issues and modes of language into American literature ? refer to any text .

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do believe that this is valid.  I would suggest that like all great authors, African- American writers have helped to enhance the discourse with integrating new and different ways of viewing the world.  Thinkers like Langston Hughes wrote about a voice of dissent in a world and time period of pure assent.  The idea of being able to experience a new way of viewing the world that might have been apart from the mainstream has now become almost commonplace, but African- American writers like DuBois or Hughes or Hansberry or Morrison were instrumental in this process.  Without them, it is difficult to conceive the presence of multiple narratives that is such an integral part to our learning environment today.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly all of the works of the Harlem Renaissance are critically important, but one work that isn't mentioned above in Richard Wright's Native Son. Not only was this the first novel by an African-American to be selected as a book-of-the-month selection, but it forced the ideas of racial inequalities and social justice for African Americans into the mainstream consciousness of our country. Although chillingly violent, the philosophical elements of Bigger Thomas's attempts to establish his own identity amid the chaos of a hostile white world resonates as strongly today as in did when first published in 1940.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first person that came to my mind was Maya Angelou. What a fantastic person! Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was an amazing piece. She has also written countless poems that are absolutely wonderful.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All of the above works were on my mind when I clicked on this discussion post, but I will add one more:  August Wilson's play FENCES is wonderful.

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The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

Roots- Alex Haley

Langston Hughes - all his poetry

the African spirituals - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Go Down, Moses, etc.

Zora Hurston - Dust Tracks on the Road

Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man

Maya Angelou's poetry