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    When I was in college and taking a class in "African American Literature," I asked, "I get why there is an experience that is different for Black writers, but I don't get why this literature isn't in American Literature and especially in Southern Literature classes. Aren't they incomplete without it?" The professor was obviously aware of a very, very long and rich debate over that question that I was not.

    "Read Cane and research Jean Toomer's critical standing today." Wow. First, here was a novel written about a town not a hundred miles from Emory University (Sparta, GA) that folks weren't crawling all over to discuss, and here was a career that. . . . Well, the question I asked could be answered, but not unequivocally.

    Today's AmLit anthologies are better, but. . . The questions are what matter, because they keep us going. Answers are great, so long as they're not definitive, because living things aren't much like that.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 08:05:02 AM PDT

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