Literary Works by African-American Authors
African-Americans have created a rich and diverse literary culture from the time of the slave narrative to today, with its own literary movements and tropes often tackling subjects such as racism, slavery, family, religion, and class. This index collects this literature.
Themes of racial identity may also take precedence - older works tend to deal with the complexities of passing
and modern works tend to deal with assimilation versus keeping one's identity, and class divides within the community. Contemporary fiction may focus on colorism, feminism, the centrality of the church, and urban life
. Historical fiction may deal with slavery, Jim Crow
, the great migration
, the Pan Africanism movement
, and the Civil Rights movement.
Notable movements include the Harlem Renaissance
and The Black Arts movement.
may draw on Afro Futurist themes
, avert Humans Are White
and In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race
They may also feature No Equal Opportunity Time Travel
and Persecution Flip
. They may be influenced by steampunk (sometimes called 'steamfunk') or sword and sorcery (sometimes called 'sword and soul'.
Some works make use of African American Vernacular English
and others employ characters that code switch
Compare African Literature
. This index includes American authors of African descent only.
- "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin
- "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" by Danielle Evans
- "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" by Z.Z. Packer
- The works of Langston Hughes
- Maya Angelou
- Gwendolyn Brooks
- Nikki Giovanni
- Wanda Conley
- Phyllis Wheatley
Juvenile and YA Fiction: