Table of Contents:
  • Loosed canons: the race for literary history
  • Representing chaos and reading race
  • Truth stranger than fiction: African American identity and (auto)biography
  • The shortest point between two lines: writing African Americans into American literary history
  • Choreographing chaos: African American literature in time and space
  • The story at the end of the story: African American literature and the Civil War
  • Covenants and communities: the demands of African American literature.