African american literature is the body of literature produced in the united states by writers of african descent it begins with the works of such late 18th century writers as phillis wheatleybefore the high point of slave narratives african american literature was dominated by autobiographical spiritual narratives. African american literature prose drama and poetry through the slave narrative african americans entered the world of prose and dramatic literature in 1853 william wells brown an internationally known fugitive slave narrator authored the first black american novel clotel or the presidents daughter it tells the tragic story of the beautiful light skinned african american . African american review is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on african american literature theatre film the visual arts and culture interviews poetry fiction and book reviews published quarterly aar has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including trudier harris arnold rampersad hortense spillers amiri baraka cyrus cassells rita dove charles johnson . Black history month to celebrate black history month in february and the rich tradition of african american poetry all year long browse essays on literary milestones and movements find important books on black history and poetics look for lesson plans for black history month read archival letters from classic african american poets and search poems about the african american . Kgositsile made extensive study of african american literature and culture becoming particularly interested in jazz during the 1970s he was a central figure among african american poets encouraging interest in africa as well as the practice of poetry as a performance art kgositsile was known for his readings in new york city jazz clubs
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