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Keith E. Byerman is a professor of English at Indiana State University. He is the author or editor of six books including "Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction" and "Seizing the Word: History, Art, and Self in the Work of W. E. B. Du Bois" (Georgia).
[A] detailed, sensitive, and workmanlike study ... one cannot leave Fingering the Jagged Grain without great appreciation of its author's holistic reading of recent black fiction and his honest and enlightening exploration of its complexities and its power.|Fingering the Jagged Grain sturdily and persuasively accomplishes an important critical task of re-reading the fiction of several leading Black American authors in light of the politico-cultural shifts of the past twenty years.|Byerman's lucid and intelligent study is refreshingly unburdened by a specialized critical vocabulary and is therefore easily accessible to both Afro-American literary critics and interested readers.|Provides useful criticism of black writers such as Clarence Major, Leon Forrest and Toni Cade Bambara whose works have generally not received the critical attention they deserve.