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By Kenneth W. Warren

Warren argues, really bluntly, that “African American literature” has outlived its relevance because the dominant class for poetry, fiction, and performs written by way of African americans. Contradicting an influential part of the sector, which regards this literature as an emanation of vernacular expression going again to slavery, or even to Africa, Warren asserts that African American literature was once the physique of literature and feedback written by way of black american citizens inside of and opposed to the strictures of Jim Crow the US. In arguing opposed to the ongoing relevance of the class of African American literature, Warren is unquestionably no longer claiming that racism has ceased to exist. quite, he says that whereas it maintains to make a superb distinction in African American existence, different social and political elements weigh seriously additionally - a lot in order that different types which take race because the primary unifying classification of black expression now not serve good in assembly the demanding situations of the instant. during this admire, Warren exhibits that “African American literature” is a class that has no longer sufficiently adjusted with our present fabric and ideological conditions to warrant claims to a altering current or a provisional futurity. Warren argues that the presumptions and protocols of the class stay ossified in the prior, inside a definition that in simple terms exhibits how its fundamental arbiters and practitioners have been themselves ossified as contradictory or compromised males in their time.

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