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Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Daylanne K. English

Abstract

Each Hour Redeem will be the first monograph to focus on how time has been represented materially, politically, and philosophically throughout the African American literary tradition. It therefore offers a unified, though not a uniform, model through which to understand that tradition. This book argues that “strategic anachronism,” the use of prior literary forms to explore contemporary political realities and injustices, characterizes much African American literature, as in Walter Mosley’s recent use of hard-boiled detective fiction; it argues, by contrast, that “strategic presentism” charact ... More

Keywords: African American literature, Time, Timekeeping, Strategic anachronism, Strategic presentism, Citizenship, Justice, Political fictions, Legal history, Pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679898
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daylanne K. English, author