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The Signifying Monkey

A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism

by Henry Louis Gates

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Published by Oxford University Press, USA .
Written in English


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Number of Pages318
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Open LibraryOL7386747M
ISBN 10019506075X
ISBN 109780195060751

Information about the book, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism: the Nonfiction, Paperback, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Oxford University Press, Dec . The Signifying Monkey is well-known character in African-American folklore. To ‘signify’ means to brag. Several versions of a folk ballad or ‘street toast’ about the Signifying Monkey were recorded in the ’s and ’s. One version begins: Lean your ear over here just a minute. Gonna tell you ’bout the jungles and a certain.

Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. The signifying monkey by Henry Louis Gates, , Oxford University Press edition, The signifying monkey ( edition) | Open LibraryCited by: Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "eclectic, exciting, convincing, provocative" and in The Washington Post Book World as "brilliantly original," Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s The Signifying Monkey is a groundbreaking work that illuminates the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature. It elaborates a new critical approach located.

1. A Myth of Origins:Esu Elegbara and the Signifying Mokey 2. The Signifying Monkey and the Language of Signifyin(g): Rhetorical Difference and the Orders of Meaning 3. Figures of Significance Part II 4. The Trope of the Talking Book 5. Zora Neale Hurston and the Speakerly Text 6. On "The Blackness of Blackness": Ishmael Reed and a Critique of. The Signifying Monkey has the feel of a seminal work, likely to reshape the course of black American literary criticism for years."-- The Washington Post Book World "The appearance of The Signifying Monkey [is] one of the most significant events in the development of [African-American] studies 4/5().


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"The Signifying Monkey is a trailblazing act of the critical imagination; a bold and brilliant reshaping of the African American literary and cultural tradition that has redrawn the map of American studies. I turn to this book for its deft interpretations, its rare insights, and its Cited by: The second volume in an enterprising trilogy on African-American literature, The Signifying Monkey--which expands the arguments of Figures in Black--makes an important contribution to literary theory, African-American literature, folklore, and literary history/5(23).

Henry Louis Gatess text, The Signifying Monkey, responds to the perseverance of black vernacular in the African American literary tradition. Gates attempts to identify a theory of criticism that is inscribed within the black vernacular tradition and that in turn informs the 4/5.

Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "eclectic, exciting, convincing, provocative" and in The Washington Post Book World as "brilliantly original," Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s The Signifying Monkey is a groundbreaking work that illuminates the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature.

It elaborates a new critical approach located within this /5(22). The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism by Gates, Henry Louis unknown Edition [Paperback()] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers/5(12). His critical approach relies heavily on the Signifying Monkey--perhaps the most popular figure in African-American folklore--and signification and Signifyin(g).Exploring signification in black 3/5(1).

The Signifying Monkey A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This groundbreaking study explores the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach located within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself.

Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin. In “Signifying Monkey,” the monkey’s verbal manipulation of the dull-witted and gullible Lion leads the latter to retaliate in a way that’s ultimately self-defeating.

The Signifying Monkey originates in the playful, usually coarse, language rituals found in such typically male settings as barrooms and pool halls. The characters in these ritual stories are the.

" The Signifying Monkey is a trailblazing act of the critical imagination; a bold and brilliant reshaping of the African American literary and cultural tradition that has redrawn the map of American studies.

I turn to this book for its deft interpretations, its rare insights, and its. The Signifying Monkey is the first book of literary criticism to trace the roots of contemporary Black literature to Afro-American folklore and to the traditions of African languages.

As the author examines the ancient poetry of the Ifa Oracle (found in Nigeria, Benin, Brazil. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism is a groundbreaking work of literary theory by revered African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Often regarded as a foundational text of black literary theory, the book’s stated intention is “if not exactly to invent a black theory to locate and identify how the ‘black tradition’ had theorized about itself.”.

"The Signifying Monkey is a trailblazing act of the critical imagination; a bold and brilliant reshaping of the African American literary and cultural tradition that has redrawn the map of American studies. I turn to this book for its deft interpretations, its rare insights, and its defining wisdom that defies the passage of : Oxford University Press.

In The Signifying Monkey, Mr. Gates explores the relationship between black vernacular tradition and African American literary tradition. He seeks to find a system of rhetoric for interpreting black literature -. The Signifying Monkey explores the relation of the black vernacular tradition to the Afro-American literary tradition.

The book attempts to identify a theory of criticism that is inscribed within the black vernacular tradition and that in turn informs the shape of the Afro-American literary tradition. The Signifying Monkey is the first book of literary criticism to trace the roots of contemporary Black literature to Afro-American folklore and to the traditions of African languages.

As the author examines the ancient poetry of the Ifa Oracle (found in Nigeria, Benin, Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti), he uncovers the origins of a sacred system of. The signifying monkey Item Preview remove-circle Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive Language English.

Access-restricted-item true Addeddate Internet Archive Books. Scanned in China. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on Septem SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata) Pages:   As the Signifying Monkey goes on about the business of proving that ''a truly indigenous black literary criticism is to be found in the vernacular,'' the reader is treated to fascinating insights.

The Signifying Monkey, the major scholarly work of Henry Louis Gates, influential scholar of African-American literature, has long been a gap in my left Yale in ’85 as a rising star – eventually to build the African-American studies practice at Harvard – before I could take his class, but some of the ideas in the book were deja vu familiar to me from lectures in other.

The signifying monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism by Henry Louis Gates; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: African American authors, African Americans, African Americans in literature, African influences, Afro-American authors, Afro-Americans, Afro-Americans in literature, American literature, Criticism, Folklore, History and criticism, Intellectual life.

The second volume in an enterprising trilogy on African-American literature, The Signifying Monkey--which expands the arguments of Figures in Black--makes an important contribution to literary theory, African-American literature, folklore, and literary history.The signifying monkey is a character of African-American folklore that derives from the trickster figure of Yoruba mythology, Esu character was transported with Africans to the Americas under the names of Exu, Echu-Elegua, Papa Legba, and Papa Le and his variants all serve as messengers who mediated between the gods and men by means of tricks.In his breakthrough work, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism, Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the foremost African American literary theorists in the United.