Chapter 8. African American Literary Nationalism

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Robert S. Levine Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch8

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Levine, R. S. (2010) African American Literary Nationalism, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • African American literary nationalism;
  • US literary nationalism - encouraging the production of a distinctively American literature;
  • tensions between diasporic and national perspectives - central to African American literary nationalism;
  • slave narratives - forms of literary achievement inspired by the African American literary nationalism;
  • African American literary nationalism - less political, less abolitionist, and more varied in terms of male and female voices;
  • David Walker's Appeal (1829) - great work of African American literary nationalism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography