It seems a given to study black writers and writing through the lens of creativity, right? Well, I was surprised that more wasn't said about the subject in the scholarly discourse on black literature.
We don't have enough investigations on what it means for black writers to be prolific, to engage in productive ways of formulating ideas, to find inspiration in common subjects, to come up with really good, original ideas. My sense of those absences or under-studied areas inspired me to research and write this book Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers.
I was fascinated by this world of creativity research that somehow did not have enough takes on black writers, and I've been deeply immersed in African American literary studies, which I didn't think attended enough to considerations of creativity.
This entry is part of a series--28 Days & Ways of Thinking about Bad Men & Vulnerable Black Boys.
Note: For a 30% discount, use the promo code 10FEB23 when and if purchasing the book on the University of Virginia Press site. (For February 2023 only).