Authors

Jess Mandeville

Document Type

Article

Comments

This essay won first place in the 3rd annual Open Books - Open Minds Student Conference at Rhode Island College.

Department

English

Abstract

Henry Louis Gates write that "Afro-American literary history is characterized by ... formal revision," wherein "black writers read and critique other ... texts as an act of rhetorical self-definition" (992). This revision is accomplished by a unique process of signification, an "Afro-American rhetorical strategy... [that] turns on the play and chain of signifiers" (989) drawn from literary and cultural texts, utilizing techniques such as "figuration, troping, ... parody ... [and] pastiche" (992).

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