The Black Aesthetic Unbound: Theorizing the Dilemma of and Eighteenth-Century African-American Literature

The Black Aesthetic Unbound: Theorizing the Dilemma of and Eighteenth-Century African-American Literature
April Langley
Ohio State University Press
2008

April C. E. Langley’s The Black Aesthetic Unbound exposes the dilemma of the literal, metaphorical, and rhetorical question, “What is African in African American literature?” Confronting the undeniable imprints of West African culture and consciousness in early black writing such as Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative or Phillis Wheatley’s poetry, the author conceives eighteenth-century Black Experience to be literally and figuratively encompassing and inextricably linked to Africa, Europe, and America.