Publisher description for "Who set you flowin'?" : the African-American migration narrative / Farah Jasmine Griffin.


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Twentieth-century America has witnessed the most widespread and sustained movement of African-Americans from the South to urban centers in the North. Griffin looks at this migration across a wide range of genres--the literary texts of Richard Wright and Dorothy West, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, and the music of Billie Holiday and Arrested Development, as well as photography and correspondence. She identifies the Migration Narrative as a major theme in African-American cultural production, and argues that a dominant portrayal of migration is produced by its historical and political moment.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
Rural-urban migration in literature.
Migration, Internal, in literature.
City and town life in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)