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African American Literature

Selected Resources


August 2007
(251) 460-7025

The following is a selected list of sources. Use the search tips below for more books on  topics. If needed, ask a Reference Librarian for assistance, 251-460-7025, or email us at webref@southalabama.edu
This is a list about literature in English written by African Americans.  For scholarly journal articles, the
best source is the MLA International Bibliography.  Connect to this at the Library’s home page.  Select “Articles,
Indexes, Databases.”  Also look at Literature Resource Center  for biographies and literary criticism.  Link through “Electronic Reference Books.”.       


African American Dramatists: An A to Z Guide.. Ref. PS 338 .N4 A69 2004
African American Poets: Lives,Works and Sources.  Ref. PS 153 .N5 P48 2002
African American Writers:  A Dictionary.  Ref. PS 153 .N5 A3444 2000
Afro American Short Story. Ref. Z 1229 .N39 Y36 1986
Afro American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. DLB.  Ref. PS 129 .D5 v. 51
            (Also vols. 38, 41, 50, 76, 117 & 125 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography)
Black American Women Novelists. Ref. Z 1229 .N39 W47 1989
Black Plots and Black Characters:  A Handbook. Ref. PS 153 .N5 S65
Masterpieces of African American Literature.  Ref. 153 .N5 M264 1992
Schomburg CenterGuide to Black Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.
Ref. PN 841 .V36  1996



African American Poets: Phillis Wheatley Through Melvin B. Tolson. . Bookstacks PS 310 .N4 .A69 2003
A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama and Performance in the Harlem
            Renaissance, 1910-1927.  Ref. PS 338 .N4 2002
Contemporary Black Men’s Fiction and Drama. Bookstacks PS 153 .N5 C645 2001
Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery and Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction.
            Bookstacks PS 374 .S58 M58 2002
Faithful Vision: Treatments of the Sacred, Spiritual, and Supernatural in Twentieth Century African
            American Fiction.  Bookstacks PS 374 .N4 c643 2000
History of Afro American Literature.  Bookstacks PS 153 .N5 J33 1989
Ideologies of African American Literature: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Nationalist
            Revolt.  Bookstacks  PS 153 .N5 W35 2001
Origins of African American Literature 1680-1865.  Bookstacks PS 153 .N5 B78 2001



African American Slave Narratives   Bookstacks E 444 .A23 2001
Black Southern Voices: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction and Critical Essays. . Bookstacks PS 509 .N4 B53 1992
Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present.Bookstacks PS 647 .A35 C5 1995
Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry.  Bookstacks PS 591 .N4 E94 1994
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love. Bookstacks PS 508 .N3  I18 1994
Lift Every Voice:  African American Oratory 1789-1900. Bookstacks E 185.18 .L54 1998
Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African American Protest Literature 1790-1860. Bookstacks  E 184.6 .P36 2001
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry.  Bookstacks PS 508 .N3 S54 1994


Africa to American to Paris: The Migration of Black Writers.  VHS-3728 IMC  PS 153 .N5 A43 1997
Harlem Renaissance: the Black Poets. DVD-000624.  IMC PS 591 .N4 H37 2003


African American History and Culture. 
Link to this Alabama Virtual Library site through “Electronic Reference Books” on the Library home page.  Off campus a login and password is required.
Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color.  http://voices.cla.umn.edu

For other freely available sites, go to the Library home page; link through Topic Guides to
“African American Studies” or  to “Literature and Language.”



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