Comedy: American Style: Jessie Redmon Fauset (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA)) (Hardcover)

Comedy: American Style: Jessie Redmon Fauset (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA)) By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson (Editor), Professor Jessie Fauset (Editor) Cover Image

Comedy: American Style: Jessie Redmon Fauset (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA)) (Hardcover)

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Comedy: American Style, Jessie Redmon Fauset's fourth and final novel, recounts the tragic tale of a family's destructionùthe story of a mother who denies her clan its heritage. Originally published in 1933, this intense narrative stands the test of time and continues to raise compelling, disturbing, and still contemporary themes of color prejudice and racial self-hatred. Several of today's bestselling novelists echo subject matter first visited in Fauset's commanding work, which overflows with rich, vivid, and complex characters who explore questions of color, passing, and black identity.

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson's introduction places this literary classic in both the new modernist and transatlantic contexts and will be embraced by those interested in earlytwentieth-century women writers, novels about passing, the Harlem Renaissance, the black/white divide, and diaspora studies. Selected essays and poems penned by Fauset are also included, among them "Yarrow Revisited" and "Oriflamme," which help highlight the full canon of her extraordinary contribution to literature and provide contextual background to the novel.

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson is an associate professor in the English department at theUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance (Rutgers University Press).
Product Details ISBN: 9780813546315
ISBN-10: 0813546311
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2009
Pages: 316
Language: English
Series: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA)