Current co-author Scott Turner has fully updated the book by re-hiking each of the routes contained within the book and adding (up to) 30 new routes to ensure that information for each trip is fully current.
subjectivity in ways that recall postmodernist theory.
explores how African American social and political movements, African American
studies, independent scholars, and traditional cultural forms revisit and
challenge the representation of the African American as deviant other. After
surveying African American history and cultural politics, W. Lawrence Hogue
provides original and insightful readings of six experimental/postmodern African
American texts: John Edgar Wideman’s Philadelphia Fire; Percival
Everett’s Erasure; Toni Morrison’s Jazz; Bonnie Greer’s
Hanging by Her Teeth; Clarence Major’s Reflex and Bone
Structure; and Xam Wilson Cartiér’s Muse-Echo Blues. Using
traditional cultural and western forms, including the blues, jazz, voodoo,
virtuality, radical democracy, Jungian/African American Collective Unconscious,
Yoruba gods, black folk culture, and black working class culture, Hogue reveals
that these authors uncover spaces with different definitions of life that still
retain a wildness and have not been completely mapped out and trademarked by
normative American culture. Redefining the African American novel and the
African American outside the logic, rules, and values of western binary reason,
these writers leave open the possibility of psychic liberation of African
Americans in the West.
Hogue presents an illuminating discussion of the publication and review history of "major" and neglected texts. He illustrates the acceptance of texts as exotica, as sociological documents, or as carriers of sufficient literary conventions to receive approbation. Although the sixties movement allowed the text to move to the periphery of the dominant ideology, providing some new myths about the Afro-American historical past, this marginal position was subsequently sabotaged, co-opted, or appropriated (Afros became a fad; presidents gave the soul handshake; the hip-talking black was dressing one style and talking another.)
This study includes extended discussion of four works; Ernest J. Gaines's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Alice Walker's The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Albert Murray's Train Whistle Guitar, and Toni Morrison's Sula. Hogue assesses the informing worldviews of each and the extent and nature of their acceptance by the dominant American cultural apparatus.