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Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism

Madhu Dubey


This book considers what it means to speak of a postmodern moment in African–American literature. The author argues that for African–American studies, postmodernity best names a period, beginning in the early 1970s, marked by acute disenchantment with the promises of urban modernity and of print literacy. She shows how black novelists from the last three decades have reconsidered the modern urban legacy and thus articulated a distinctly African–American strain of postmodernism. The author argues that novelists such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ishmael Reed, S ... More

Keywords: postmodern moment, African–American literature, African–American studies, postmodernity, early 1970s, urban modernity, print literacy, black novelists, postmodernism, urban medium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226167268
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226167282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madhu Dubey, author