The Signifying Monkey

The Signifying Monkey

Author: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ISBN 0195136470
The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism - Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, Gates uncovers a unique system for interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition that black slaves brought with them to the New World. Exploring the process of signification in black American life and literature by analyzing the transmission and revision of various signifying figures, Gates provides an extended analysis of what he calls the "Talking Book," a central trope in early slave narratives that virtually defines the tradition of black American letters.
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