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A playful, irreverent look at the African-American literary community.

Trey Ellis's uproariously funny debut novel Platitudes, first published in 1988, takes on conflicts within the African American literary community. Dewayne Wellington, a failing black experimental novelist, and Isshee Ayam, a radical feminist author, collaborate on Dewayne's latest sexist comedy. Alternately telling the story about the coming of age of Earle and Dorothy - two black middle-class teenagers, sex-starved in New York City - the battling writers sneak ever, and dangerously, closer to reconciling their literary disputes.

This edition of Platitudes also includes "The New Black Aesthetic," a groundbreaking essay by Ellis that appeared in the journal Callaloo.

ISBN

9781555535865

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Northeastern University Press

City

Boston

Keywords

African American literature, African American fiction, satire, African-American cultural theory

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

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Read the foreword to the book by Dr. Bertram Ashe by clicking the Read More button above.

Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic

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