Haunt or Home? Ethos and African American Literature
AbstractThe African American rhetorical tradition could be described as a shelter in an alien environment or as a way station on a long journey. A focus on ethos suggests that such a narrow approach to African American literature cannot do justice to these literary texts: how these writers employ images and symbols, craft and deploy examine identities, blend, criticize, and create traditions, explore contemporary issues, and create community. Because of cultural and racist narratives, African Americans could not simply use either the pre-Socratic or Aristotelian approaches to ethos in their fight for social justice. This essay demonstrates how a postclassical approach to ethos that draws on Bourdieu’s concept of habitus and is focused on community-building and self-healing is central to the African American literature and rhetoric. View Full-Text
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Schur, R. Haunt or Home? Ethos and African American Literature. Humanities 2018, 7, 80.
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Schur, Richard. 2018. "Haunt or Home? Ethos and African American Literature." Humanities 7, no. 3: 80.
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