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"Tell it like it is". L'écriture naturaliste et son empreinte chez trois écrivains noirs américains de fiction urbaine : Chester Himes, Iceberg Slim et Donald Goines

Abstract : Literary naturalism has attracted several African American writers and has certainly impacted on African American writing. One only needs to take Michel Fabre's and Côme Ndongo Onono's critical studies on Richard Wright into consideration. It is nonetheless striking to notice its late revival in the urban fiction of the 1960s and 1970s when most works of (African) American fiction of the time seem to have done away with this mode of writing and continued their exploration of modernism and more recently postmodernism. The authors included in our corpus, Chester Himes, Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, seem not only to "flirt" with a naturalistic vision of the world, but seem rather to embrace it. This study therefore aims at addressing both the conditions of this revival as well as its possible causes. Defining the terms of naturalistic writing within these exemplars of popular fiction necessarily implies that they stand as an extension of a literary tradition engendered by Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser. This also challenges the critical view that gladly dismisses these authors as cultural misfits, or worse, as being "authentically" African American.
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Florian Bousquet. "Tell it like it is". L'écriture naturaliste et son empreinte chez trois écrivains noirs américains de fiction urbaine : Chester Himes, Iceberg Slim et Donald Goines. Littératures. 2011. ⟨dumas-00710552⟩

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