The Resource Cultivation and catastrophe : the lyric ecology of modern Black literature, Sonya Posmentier

Cultivation and catastrophe : the lyric ecology of modern Black literature, Sonya Posmentier

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Cultivation and catastrophe : the lyric ecology of modern Black literature
Title
Cultivation and catastrophe
Title remainder
the lyric ecology of modern Black literature
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Sonya Posmentier
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Language
eng
Summary
"At the intersection of social and environmental history there has emerged a rich body of black literary response to natural and agricultural experiences, whether the legacy of enforced agricultural labor or of the destruction and displacement brought about by a hurricane. In Cultivation and Catastrophe, Sonya Posmentier uncovers a vivid diasporic tradition of black environmental writing that responds to the aftermath of plantation slavery, urbanization, and free and forced migrations. While humanist discourses of African American and postcolonial studies often sustain a line between nature and culture, this book instead emphasizes the relationship between them, offering an innovative environmental history of modern black literature. Posmentier argues that environmental experiences of growth and rupture define the literature of black freedom, an archive that ranges from sonnets, mini-epics, documentary poems, periodicals, and novels to blues songs, dancehall productions, and ethnographic writing. In turn, this literature generates important and surprising models for ecological thought. Claude McKay, for example, connects rows of potatoes to the poetic line; Zora Neale Hurston composes rhythmic communal lyrics in the Florida "muck" following a deadly hurricane; and Derek Walcott critiques property-based ecological relations through the archipelagic shape of his mid-career poetry. Posmentier examines how these writers, along with Gwendolyn Brooks, Bessie Smith, Sterling Brown, Lloyd Lovindeer, Kamau Brathwaite, and others give voice to racialized experiences of alienation from the land while simultaneously envisioning a modern poetics of survival, repair, and generation. Going against the grain of scholarship that has situated modern black diasporic agency largely in metropolitan sites, Posmentier traces a black literary history of environmental and social disaster while exploring the possibilities and limits of poetry as an archive for black modern culture in its many forms. This pathbreaking book offers stunning new insight into modern black literature, environmental humanities, and poetry and poetics"--
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Dewey number
810.9/896073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
P675 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Callaloo African diaspora series
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Cultivation and catastrophe : the lyric ecology of modern Black literature, Sonya Posmentier
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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multicolored
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text
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Contents
  • Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART 1: CULTIVATION; 1 Cultivating the New Negro: The Provision Ground in New York; 2 Cultivating the Nation: The Reterritorialization of Black Poetry at Midcentury; 3 Cultivating the Caribbean: "The Star-Apple Kingdom," Property, and the Plantation; PART 2: CATASTROPHE; 4 Continuing Catastrophe: The Flood Blues of Sterling Brown and Bessie Smith; 5 Collecting Catastrophe: How the Hurricane Roars in Zora Neale Hurston's; 6 Collecting Culture: Hurricane Gilbert's Lyric Archive; Coda: Unnatural Catastrophe
  • NotesBibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
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ocn988773593
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1 online resource
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online
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9781421422664
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  • (OCoLC)988773593
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