Keynote Address: Black Literature in the 90s: The Past as Prologue to The New Wave

Marshall, Paule
January 1999
Defining Ourselves: Black Writers in the 90s;1999, p25
The article presents a speech by Paule Marshall, delivered at the fourth National Black Writers Conference. He discusses a narrative passage of slavery from the book "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa." He contends that the themes in the book are responsible for the renaissance in African American writing. He contends that the theme in the book, of a journey, is one that reaches back to the slave narrative and forward in time to today.


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