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Ishmael Reed

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(1938–), Chattanooga-born black author, long resident in Berkeley, Cal. His experimental novels of preposterous plots marked by fantasy, sometimes surrealistic, sometimes ...

Reed, Ishmael

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...been collected in Shrovetide in Old New Orleans ( 1978 ). In addition, Reed has published volumes of poetry, and edited From Totems to Hip-Hop ( 2003 ) among other anthologies. See Jay Boyer , Ishmael Reed ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Ishmael ( Scott ) ( 1938–  ) African American novelist , active within the Black Arts Movement from his move to New York in 1962 , co-founding the East Village Other . His fiction tends to involve parodies of accepted genres: of the detective novel in Mumbo Jumbo ( 1972 ) and slave narratives in Flight to Canada ( 1976 ). He has courted controversy over feminism in his Reckless Eyeballing ( 1986 ). Reed has published volumes of poetry, and edited From Totems to Hip-Hop ( 2003 ) among other...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...in Conscientious Sorcerers: The Black Postmodernist Fiction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, and Samuel R. Delany, 1987, pp. 39–92. Reginald Martin , Ishmael Reed and the New Black Aesthetic Critics, 1988. Darryl Pinckney , “Trickster Tales,” New York Review of Books, 12 Oct. 1989, 20–24. Kathryn Hume , “Ishmael Reed and the Problematics of Control,” PMLA 108.3 (May 1993): 506–518. Bruce Dick and Amritjit Singh , eds., Conversations With Ishmael Reed, 1995. Robert Elliot Fox , “Blacking the Zero: Toward a Semiotics of Neo-Hoodoo,” in Masters...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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..., Ishmael ( b. 22 February 1938 ), writer , educator , cultural activist , and publisher . Ishmael Scott was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Henry Lenoir , a fund-raiser for the Young Men's Christian Association ( YMCA ), and Thelma Coleman , a department store salesperson. Thelma Coleman later married Bennie Reed , an automobile factory worker, and he gave Ishmael his surname. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1942 , and Reed attended Buffalo Technical High School from 1952 to 1954 and graduated from East High School in 1956 . Reed...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Ishmael ( Ishmael Scott Reed ) ( 1938–  ), American novelist and poet , born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, educated at the University of Buffalo. Highly innovative and experimental, Reed's novels weave American myths and legends into a playful pattern of parody which satirizes many aspects of contemporary America, and radically re-evaluates its past. His first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers ( 1967 ), parodies early African-American autobiographical narratives in order to set up a confrontation between its folk hero, Harry Sam , and the repressive...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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...on Paper ( 1998 ) C Above High C ( 1999 ) The Reed Reader ( 2000 ) Further Reading Dick, Bruce , and Pavel Zemliansky , eds. The Critical Response to Ishmael Reed . Westport, Conn., 1999. Dick, Bruce , and Amritjit Singh , eds. Conversations with Ishmael Reed . Jackson, Miss., 1995. Fox, Robert Elliot . Conscientious Sorcerers: The Black Postmodernist Fiction of Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, and Samuel R. Delany . New York, 1987. Gates, Henry Louis . On ‘The Blackness of Blackness’: Ishmael Reed and a Critique of the Sign. In The Signifying...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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...Reed, Ishmael [ Scott ] ( 1938– ), Chattanooga -born author , long resident in Berkeley, Cal. His experimental novels of preposterous plots marked by fantasy, sometimes surrealistic, sometimes caricatured and satiric, include The Free-Lance Pallbearers ( 1967 ), depicting violence and corruption in a fictive land; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down ( 1969 ), presenting the fantastic adventures of a black cowboy; Mumbo Jumbo ( 1972 ), a freewheeling tale about black-white relations over the ages; The Last Days of Louisiana Red ( 1974 ), a bizarre tale of...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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2008
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...Ishmael Reed 1938 –   The universe is a spiraling Big Band in a polka-dotted speakeasy, effusively generating new light every one-night stand. quoted in Jim (James A.) Haskins, The Cotton Club ,...

Reed, Ishmael [Scott]

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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..., Ishmael [Scott] ( 1938 –), Chattanooga-born black author, long resident in Berkeley, Calif. His experimental novels of preposterous plots marked by fantasy, sometimes surrealistic, sometimes caricatured and satiric, include The Free-Lance Pallbearers ( 1967 ), depicting violence and corruption in a fictive land and satirizing its mistreatment of blacks; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down ( 1969 ), presenting the fantastic adventures of a black cowboy; Mumbo Jumbo ( 1972 ), a freewheeling tale about black-white relations over the ages; The Quality of Hurt ...

Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed  

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(1938–),Chattanooga-born black author, long resident in Berkeley, Cal. His experimental novels of preposterous plots marked by fantasy, sometimes surrealistic, sometimes caricatured and satiric, ...
Raven Quickskill

Raven Quickskill  

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A poet and runaway slave, Raven Quicksill is the principal protagonist of Ishmael Reed's fifth novel, Flight to Canada (1976). He is an activist, aesthetician, and a master of the arts of resistance ...
Yardbird Reader

Yardbird Reader  

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Literary annual founded (1972) by Ishmael Reed in Berkeley, Cal., as an anthology of writings by contemporary Afro-American authors. In 1978 it was renamed Y'Bird Magazine. Editorship has been ...
Papa LaBas

Papa LaBas  

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Is a major character in Ishmael Reed's novels Mumbo Jumbo (1972) and The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974). Insofar as these books fit into the detective genre, Papa LaBas is a hoodoo investigator ...
Flight to Canada

Flight to Canada  

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(1976), Ishmael Reed's fifth novel, extends his permutation of literary forms such as the Western and the mystery to the foundational genre of African American letters, the slave narrative. In it, ...
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down  

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(1969) is Ishmael Reed's second novel and the first to embody the themes and principles of neohoodooism, Reed's rubric for his African-originated but ultimately pan-cultural aesthetic practice.Yellow ...
Last Days of Louisiana Red

Last Days of Louisiana Red  

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The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974) is Ishmael Reed's fourth novels. Set primarily in northern California in the early 1970s, it deals with the efforts of Papa LaBas, the hoodoo detective first ...
Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo  

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Ishmael Reed's third novel, Mumbo Jumbo (1972) is generally acknowledged to be his masterpiece. Complex, enigmatic, and ecstatic, it is impossible to summarize coherently with any brevity. Combining ...
Clarence Major

Clarence Major  

(1936– ),American novelist and poet, educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, the New School for Social Research, the State University of New York, and the Union for Experimental Colleges ...
A. R Flowers

A. R Flowers  

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(b. 1951), novelist, essayist, and cultural activist.A native Memphian, Arthur Flowers's writing integrates regional African American culture, including blues music, hoodoo spirituality, Delta ...
Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom  

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Although Harriet Beecher Stowe's extremely succssful 1852 abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was the original source for the Uncle Tom idiom, its meaning is best understood through an examination ...

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