Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Marginalized-Literature-Market-Life: Black Writers, a Literature of Appeal, and the Rise of Street Lit
by Norris, Keenan Franklin, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2013, 240; 3590040
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines the relationship of the American publishing industry to Black American writers, with special focus on the re-emergence of the street lit sub-genre. Understanding this much maligned sub-genre is necessary if we are to understand the evolution of African-American literature, especially into the current era. Literature is best understood as a combinative process, produced not only by writers but various mediating figures and processes besides, at the combined levels of content, commercial production and distribution, and social and literary context. Therefore, offered here is a critical intervention into what has until now largely been a moralistic and polarizing high art/low art argument by considering street lit within the vast flows of literature by and about Black Americans, writing about urban areas, the market forces at work within the publishing industry and the writer's place in the midst of it all.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, Erica
Commitee: Lopez, Tiffany, Miller, Toby
School: University of California, Riverside
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, American literature
Keywords: Black writers, Publishing industry, Street lit, Urban literature
Publication Number: 3590040
ISBN: 978-1-303-29253-8
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