The Resource F.B. eyes : how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature, William J. Maxwell

F.B. eyes : how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature, William J. Maxwell

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F.B. eyes : how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature
Title
F.B. eyes
Title remainder
how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature
Statement of responsibility
William J. Maxwell
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover's white-bread Federal Bureau of Investigation. But behind the scenes the FBI's hostility to black protest was energized by fear of and respect for black writing. Drawing on nearly 14,000 pages of newly released FBI files, F.B. Eyes exposes the Bureau's intimate policing of five decades of African American poems, plays, essays, and novels. Starting in 1919, year one of Harlem's renaissance and Hoover's career at the Bureau, secretive FBI "ghostreaders" monitored the latest developments in African American letters. By the time of Hoover's death in 1972, these ghostreaders knew enough to simulate a sinister black literature of their own. The official aim behind the Bureau's close reading was to anticipate political unrest. Yet, as William J. Maxwell reveals, FBI surveillance came to influence the creation and public reception of African American literature in the heart of the twentieth century. Taking his title from Richard Wright's poem "The FB Eye Blues," Maxwell details how the FBI threatened the international travels of African American writers and prepared to jail dozens of them in times of national emergency. All the same, he shows that the Bureau's paranoid style could prompt insightful criticism from Hoover's ghostreaders and creative replies from their literary targets. For authors such as Claude McKay, James Baldwin, and Sonia Sanchez, the suspicion that government spy-critics tracked their every word inspired rewarding stylistic experiments as well as disabling self-censorship. Illuminating both the serious harms of state surveillance and the ways in which imaginative writing can withstand and exploit it, F.B. Eyes is a groundbreaking account of a long-hidden dimension of African American literature"--Publisher information
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Maxwell, William J.
Dewey number
810.9/896073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
M2688 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Literature and state
Label
F.B. eyes : how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature, William J. Maxwell
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-341) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one/thesis one : The birth of the Bureau, coupled with the birth of J. Edgar Hoover, ensured the FBI's attention to African American literature -- Part two/thesis two : The FBI's aggressive filing and long study of African American writers was tightly bound to the Agency's successful evolution under Hoover -- Part three/thesis three : The FBI is perhaps the most dedicated and influential forgotten critic of African American literature -- Part four/thesis four : The FBI helped to define the twentieth-century Black Atlantic, both blocking and forcing its flows -- Part five/thesis five : Consciousness of FBI ghostreading fills a deep and characteristic vein of African American literature -- Appendix : FOIA requests for FBI files on African American authors active from 1919 to 1972
Control code
ocn899031064
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 367 pages
Isbn
9780691130200
Lccn
2014933936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99962734105
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)899031064
Label
F.B. eyes : how J. Edgar Hoover's ghostreaders framed African American literature, William J. Maxwell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-341) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one/thesis one : The birth of the Bureau, coupled with the birth of J. Edgar Hoover, ensured the FBI's attention to African American literature -- Part two/thesis two : The FBI's aggressive filing and long study of African American writers was tightly bound to the Agency's successful evolution under Hoover -- Part three/thesis three : The FBI is perhaps the most dedicated and influential forgotten critic of African American literature -- Part four/thesis four : The FBI helped to define the twentieth-century Black Atlantic, both blocking and forcing its flows -- Part five/thesis five : Consciousness of FBI ghostreading fills a deep and characteristic vein of African American literature -- Appendix : FOIA requests for FBI files on African American authors active from 1919 to 1972
Control code
ocn899031064
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 367 pages
Isbn
9780691130200
Lccn
2014933936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99962734105
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)899031064

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