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Stepto, Robert B.

Works: 23 works in 93 publications in 1 language and 6,664 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Autobiographies  Fiction  Biographies  Sources  Personal narratives  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: E449, B
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Most widely held works about Robert B Stepto
Most widely held works by Robert B Stepto
From behind the veil : a study of Afro-American narrative by Robert B Stepto( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1997 in English and held by 1,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afro-American literature : the reconstruction of instruction by Dexter Fisher( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the proceedings of a two-week seminar about Afro-American literature, this book is designed as a carefully orchestrated presentation of the central ideas that sparked the meetings and made them significant. The essays are arranged in sections that discuss Afro-American literary history, black figurative language, Afro-American literature and folklore, Frederick Douglass' 1845 narrative, and suggested Afro-American literature course designs. An appendix lists the required readings upon which the seminar was based. (Rl)
Chant of saints : a gathering of Afro-American literature, art, and scholarship by Michael S Harper( Book )

13 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A home elsewhere : reading African American classics in the age of Obama by Robert B Stepto( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No single work was more important in the revolution in close reading that electrified African American literary studies in the nineteen eighties than was Robert Burns Stepto's From Behind the Veil, a work as deeply insightful as it was engagingly written. Stepto reminded us, after Keats, that one dives into the lake not merely or necessarily to swim to the other side, but to enjoy the dive. Let us hope, at the end of another era of reductive thematic (race, class, gender) criticism, that this marvelous book can once again play that salutary role in redirecting readers to the sheer splendors of close reading, reminding us of the pleasures of luxuriating in the language of African American texts." "Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University" "In this series of interlocking essays, which had their start as lectures inspired by the presidency of Barack Obama, Robert Burns Stepto sets canonical works of African American literature in conversation with Obama's Dreams from My Father. The elegant readings that result shed surprising light on unexamined angles of works ranging from Frederick Douglass's Narrative to W.E.B. Du Bois's Souls of Black Folk to Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon." "Stepto draws our attention to the concerns that recur in the books he takes up: how protagonists raise themselves, often without one or both parents; how black boys invent black manhood, often with no models before them; how protagonists seek and find a home else-where; and how they create personalities that can deal with the pain of abandonment. These are age-old themes in African American literature that, Stepto shows, gain a special poignancy and importance because our president has lived through these situations and circumstances and has written about them in a way that refreshes our understanding of the whole of African American literature." "Stepto amplifies these themes in four additional essays, which investigate Douglass's correspondence with Harriet Beecher Stowe; Willard Savoy's novel Alien Land and its interracial protagonist; the writer's understanding of the reader in African American literature; and Stepto's account of his own schoolhouse lessons, with their echoes of Douglass's and Obama's experiences."--Jacket
Selected poems of Jay Wright by Jay Wright( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conjure stories : authoritative texts, contexts, criticism by Charles W Chesnutt( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fourteen conjure tales by one of America's most influential African American fiction writers. This Norton Critical Edition of The Conjure Stories arranges the tales chronologically by composition date, allowing readers to discern how Chesnutt experimented with plots and characters and with the idea of the conjure story over time. With one exception, the text of each tale is that of the original publication. (The text of 'The Dumb Witness' was established from two typescripts held at the archives of Fisk University.) The stories are accompanied by a thorough and thought-provoking introduction, detailed explanatory annotations, and illustrative materials. 'Contexts' presents a wealth of materials chosen by the editors to enrich the reader's understanding of these canonical stories, including a map of the landscape of the conjure tales, Chesnutt's journal entry as he began writing fiction of the South, as well as writings by Chesnutt, William Wells Brown, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, among others, on the stories' central motifs--folklore, superstition, voodoo, race, and social identity in the South following the Civil War. 'Criticism' is divided into two parts. 'Early Criticism' collects critical notices for The Conjure Woman that suggest the volume's initial reception, assessments by William Dean Howells and Benjamin Brawley, and a biographical excerpt by the author's daughter, Helen Chesnutt. 'Modern Criticism' demonstrates rich and enduring interest in The Conjure Stories with ten important essays by Robert Hemenway, William L. Andrews, Robert B. Stepto, John Edgar Wideman, Werner Sollors, Houston A. Baker, Eric J. Sundquist, Richard H. Brodhead, Candace J. Waid, and Glenda Carpio. A Chronology of Chesnutt's life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included."--Publisher description
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the autobiography of Douglass, an American slave, and his journey out of mental and physical bondage
Alien land by Willard W Savoy( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From behind the veil: Afro-American reform literature at the turn of the century by Robert B Stepto( )

5 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black authors : a voice for the people( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet containing twelve brief author biographies, portraits painted by Spencer Lawrence, and an essay, "Freedom through literacy: an African-American tradition" by Robert B. Stepto. Content in this volume is also included in the Gallery of greats 1990 calendar with the same title
Chant of saints ; pt. 2 : a gathering of Afro-American literature, art and scholarship( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems by Jay Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blue as the lake : a personal geography by Robert B Stepto( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In tracing the various migrations of several generations of his family, Stepto is able to identify the importance of place in the lives of this African-American family
Melvin Dixon papers by Melvin Dixon( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The personal papers include biographical information and an interview conducted by Charles Rowell, editor of the journal, "Callaloo" (1990). Of particular interest are detailed journals he maintained revealing his innermost thoughts as a black man, a homosexual, a writer, and his attempts to understand his own creative processes. Dixon kept separate journals during his undergraduate years describing his experiences with La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City, and his journeys to Europe and Senegal, as well as his years in the United States. He also discussed his relationship with friends and colleagues and his battle with AIDS (1969-1991). There are writing notebooks where Dixon wrote his ideas for stories and listed submissions to and rejections from publishers, in addition to datebooks. There are a few files relating to his education, and to the grants and fellowships he was awarded (1973-1990)
The life and the adventures of a haunted convict by Austin Reed( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The earliest known prison memoir by an African American writer--recently discovered and authenticated by a team of Yale scholars--sheds light on the longstanding connection between race and incarceration in America. In 2009, scholars at Yale University came across a startling manuscript: the memoir of Austin Reed, a free black man born in the 1820s who spent most of his early life ricocheting between forced labor in prison and forced labor as an indentured servant. Lost for more than one hundred and fifty years, the handwritten document is the first known prison memoir written by an African American. Corroborated by prison records and other documentary sources, Reed's text gives a gripping first-person account of an antebellum Northern life lived outside slavery that nonetheless bore, in its day-to-day details, unsettling resemblances to that very institution. Now, for the first time, we can hear Austin Reed's story as he meant to tell it. He was born to a middle-class black family in the boomtown of Rochester, New York, but when his father died, his mother struggled to make ends meet. Still a child, Austin was placed as an indentured servant to a nearby family of white farmers near Rochester. He was caught attempting to set fire to a building and sentenced to ten years at Manhattan's brutal House of Refuge, an early juvenile reformatory that would soon become known for beatings and forced labor. Seven years later, Reed found himself at New York's infamous Auburn State Prison. It was there that he finished writing this memoir, which explores America's first reformatory and first industrial prison from an inmate's point of view, recalling the great cruelties and kindnesses he experienced in those places and excavating patterns of racial segregation, exploitation, and bondage that extended beyond the boundaries of the slaveholding South, into free New York. Formatted for optimal listenability and including fascinating historical documents (including a series of poignant letters written by Reed near the end of his life), The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is a work of uncommon beauty that tells a story of nineteenth-century racism, violence, labor, and captivity in a proud, defiant voice. Reed's memoir illuminates his own life and times--as well as ours today
Introduction by Robert B Stepto( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Summer Institute 1989 by New Jersey Multicultural Studies Project( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The life and the adventures of a haunted convict by Austin Reed( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

-- "Remarkable ... triumphantly defiant ... The book's greatest value lies in the gap it fills: As writer and historian Edward Ball notes, the mosaic that is the history of the common man has many missing tiles, and (Austin) Reed's book places an important piece into that mosaic.' "---- The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict -- --Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University "The voice of Austin Reed, a black man in early nineteenth-century America who was incarcerated at the tender age of ten, rises up and speaks to us now, in artful, picaresque tones, to tell of his own unbelievable suffering. He's a riveting figure. -- "From the Hardcover edition
Sharing the Thunder the Literary Exchanges of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Bibb, and Frederick Douglass by Robert B Stepto( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Afro-American literature : the reconstruction of instruction
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Afro-American literature : the reconstruction of instructionA home elsewhere : reading African American classics in the age of ObamaSelected poems of Jay WrightThe conjure stories : authoritative texts, contexts, criticismNarrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slaveAlien landSelected poemsBlue as the lake : a personal geography