Thursday, August 18, 2022

African American Novels and the 1990s

 In this episode Remarkable Receptions, Richard Schur writes about the 1990s as an important moment in the history of African American novels. 

He notes at one point 
The 1990s, the decade that followed Ellis’s pronouncement about “The New Black Aesthetic,” ushered in a whole new generation of writers, writers whose novels focused on growing up and living in a post- affirmative action and supposedly multicultural America. These novels talked about issues, including sexuality, multiracial identity, classism, hip-hop, basketball, among other things, that represented an expansive range of Black experiences and highlighted intra-racial conflicts. Many of these writers have gone on to incredible literary success. This renaissance of black writing in the 1990s also inspired the next generation of writers.



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