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Sutton E. Griggs and the African American Literary Tradition of Pamphleteering

dc.contributor.advisorLevine, Robert S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCurry, Eric M.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation argues that pamphlets have been neglected as a literary antecedent to the novel by scholars of African American literature. The dissertation focuses in particular on a narrative tradition of black uplift philosophy in early African American pamphlets published between the Revolutionary and antebellum eras, and argues that this tradition established a form of quasi-novelistic discourse that had a significant influence on Sutton E. Griggs, turn-of-the-century African American novelist and pamphleteer. I contend that the pamphlet was one of, if not the, most important genres of political and literary representation for early African American writers. By pointing to different ways of reading Griggs and positioning his works in African American literary history, the dissertation works to correct what I see as a misapprehension of the author’s legacy by the editors of the recent critical volume, Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs. I tell a new story about this legacy that begins by looking back to late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century black pamphleteering and the rise of the African American novel in order to get a better understanding of Griggs’s literary activism from 1899 to 1923.en_US
dc.titleSutton E. Griggs and the African American Literary Tradition of Pamphleteeringen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnglish Language and Literatureen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAfrican American studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAfrican American Literatureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAmerican Literatureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSutton E. Griggsen_US

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