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Name:  Tim A. Ryan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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*Professor Ryan teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ryan grew up in the city of Bath, England, and received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies at the University of Reading. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he later served as a lecturer in writing and humanities. He has also taught literature and film courses in the American Studies program at King’s College in London. Professor Ryan joined the faculty at NIU in 2007 and is an Assistant Professor of 20th Century American Literature, African American Literature and Southern Studies.

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ISBN: 0807133221. OCLC Number: 250604636

Louisiana State University Press,. .

In this comprehensive, groundbreaking study, Tim A. Ryan explores how American novelists since World War I have imagined the institution of slavery and the experience of those involved in it. Complicating the common assumption that authentic black-authored fiction about slavery is starkly opposed to the traditional, racist fiction (and history) created by whites, Ryan suggests that discourses about American slavery are--and have always been--defined by connections rather than disjunctions. Ryan contends that African American writers didn't merely reject and move beyond traditional portrayals of.