New essays on Phillis Wheatley / edited by John C. Shields and Eric D. Lamore.

1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2011.
xxv, 406 p. ; 24 cm.


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The first African American to publish a book on any subject, poet Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) has long been denigrated by literary critics who refused to believe that a black woman could produce such dense, intellectual work. In recent decades, however, Wheatley's work has come under new scrutiny as the literature of the eighteenth century and the impact of African American literature have been reconceived. Fourteen prominent Wheatley scholars consider her work from a variety of angles, affirming her rise into the first rank of American writers. --from publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Examining new manifestations of classicism in the poetics of Phillis Wheatley
  • Placing Phillis Wheatley in newly applied historical contexts.
  • Phillis Wheatley's Dido: an analysis of "An hymn to humanity. To S.P.G. Esq." / Maureen Anderson
  • I remember mama: honoring the goddess-mother with denouncing the slaveowner-god in Phillis Wheatley's poetry / Devona Mallory
  • The interaction of the classical traditions of literature and politics in the world of Phillis Wheatley / Karen Lerner Dovell
  • The Trojan horse: classics, memory, transformation, and Afric ambition in Poems on various subjects, religious and moral / Eric Ashley Hairston
  • Empowerment through classicism in Phillis Wheatley's "ode to Neptune" / Patrick Moseley
  • Phillis Wheatley's use of the Georgic / Eric D. Lamore
  • Works of wonder, wondering eyes, and the wondrous poet: the use of wonder in Phillis Wheatley's marvelous poetics / Jennifer Billingsley
  • Queering Phillis Wheatley / Tom O. McCulley
  • Marketing a sable muse: Phillis Wheatley and the antebellum press / Jennifer Rene Young
  • Phillis Wheatley; the consensual blackness of early African American writing / Phillip M. Richards
  • The pan-African and Puritan dimensions of Phillis Wheatley's poems and letters / Babacar M'Baye
  • An untangled web: mapping Phillis Wheatley's network of support in American and Great Britain / Zach Petrea
  • Phillis Wheatley's theoretics of the imagination: an untold chapter in the history of early American literary aesthetics / John C. Shields
  • To "pursue th' unbodied mind": Phillis Wheatley and the raced body in early America / Mary McAleer Balkun.
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  • 1572337265 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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