The Fight for Inclusion
Black writers have historically been excluded from the publishing industry, leading to poor representation across original literary fiction, scholarly articles, autobiographies, essays, criticisms, and more. As contemporary Black authors continue to fight for equality in publishing, representation is improving, but still has strides to make.
Gale is committed to amplifying Black voices that have long been underrepresented. Gale Literature Resource Center supports the study of Black experiences with an extensive collection of Black literary classics and works by contemporary Black authors. The array of resources includes in Gale Literature Resource Center spans African American authors as well as international African and Afro-European authors.
Themes in Black Literature
Black literature is a key piece of the full literary spectrum and of the overall human experience. Works of classic and contemporary Black writers highlight Black achievements, spotlight historical racial struggles against Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) groups, showcase the ugly truths of systemic racism, and lend a greater perspective to a range of everyday Black experiences. Reading African American literature helps students and scholars challenge racism, push back against Black stereotypes, and understand modern anti-racist movements.
For centuries, Black authors have captured African American culture, historical fiction of slave narratives and post-slavery culture changes, the cultural revival of the Harlem Renaissance, feminist discourse from Black female authors, and numerous other topics related to the experiences of Black men and women. Studying Black stories can create cultural change and open more doors for contemporary Black authors to share their stories and change modern-day perspectives.
Studying Black Literary History
Black representation in novels is essential to understanding African, African American, and Afro-European culture, identity, and history. Literature by Black women and men can connect readers to shared modern experiences, promote self-discovery and self-acceptance, and encourage the sharing of more contemporary Black stories.
Faculty and librarians can connect learners to Gale Literature Resource Center to research Black stories, including primary sources, biographies, and literary criticism, to develop a greater understanding of Black perspectives. With the expanse of content in Gale Literature Resource Center, you can empower researchers to dig deep into topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in relation to Black communities and how they have evolved throughout history in America and across the globe.