Criticism: Publishing History Of African Diasporic Short Fiction - Essay

William Muraskin (essay date March 1971)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Muraskin, William. “An Alienated Elite: Short Stories in The Crisis, 1910-1950.” Journal of Black Studies 1, no. 3 (March 1971): 282-305.

[In the following essay, Muraskin asserts that the short stories published in The Crisis from 1910-1950 reflected the concerns of the black middle class in America during those years.]

“The educated American Negro has been aptly described as ‘marginal man,’ living on the same cultural level as his white counterpart, yet subject to the attitudes and conditions experienced by the less endowed members of his race. He has culturally and intellectually left the latter group, but has not made a satisfactory...

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Kenneth M. Price (essay date 1995)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Price, Kenneth M. “Charles Chesnutt, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Intersection of African-American Fiction and Elite Culture.” In Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Kenneth M. Price and Susan Belasco Smith, pp. 257-74. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.

[In the following essay, Price examines the attitude of The Atlantic Monthly to African Americans in the nineteenth century and traces the periodical's relationship with the prominent African American author, Charles Chesnutt.]

In March 1899 Charles Chesnutt wrote to one of his editors at Houghton, Mifflin Company, pinpointing the kind of work he...

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Bill Mullen (essay date 1997)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Mullen, Bill. “Marking Race/Marketing Race: African American Short Fiction and the Politics of Genre, 1933-1946.” In Ethnicity and the American Short Story, edited by Julie Brown, pp. 25-46. New York: Garland Publishing, 1997.

[In the following essay, Mullen points to the prevalence of racial stereotypes in short fiction during the 1930s and 1940s, and then traces the transformation of the genre by such authors as Chester Himes, Richard Wright, and others who, according to Mullen, not only achieved mass literary success but also used their works to outline a strategy of calculated racial resistance.]

On January 11, 1945, the Writers' War Board issued a...

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