Chapter 9. “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me”: Modern African American Fiction

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. A. Robert Lee Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch9

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Lee, A. R. (2009) “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me”: Modern African American Fiction, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Modern African American Fiction - “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me”;
  • Alain Locke's manifesto anthology, The New Negro: An Interpretation;
  • Charles Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars (1900) - post Civil War South Carolina;
  • New Negro - New Negro (Harlem Renaissance);
  • Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun (1928);
  • Nella Larsen's Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929) - interior psychological terrain;
  • George Schuyler, “The Negro-Art Hokum” - early to put the cat among the pigeons;
  • Richard Wright's Native Son (1940);
  • Chester Himes's If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945);
  • Ralph Ellison Invisible Man (1952) - presiding texts of African American writing

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Black Moderns

  • Prelude

  • New Negro

  • Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston

  • Richard Wright

  • Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin

  • Toni Morrison, Alice Walker

  • Contemporaries

  • References and Further Reading