A Bibliography of Classical Reception in African-American Intellectual History

This page is a bibliography of scholarly work discussing and documenting Classical receptions in African-American thought and literature as well as important primary sources in this field. It is and will probably long remain a work in progress. If you see anything that is missing and should be included, please let me know in the comments section or via email at davidwithun@gmail.com


Books and Book Chapters

Cook, William W., and James Tatum. African American Writers and Classical Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Cowherd, Carrie. “The Wings of Atalanta: Classical Influences in The Souls of Black Folk.” In The Souls of Black Folk: One Hundred Years Later, edited by Dolan Hubbard, 284-97. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2003.

Goff, Barbara, and Michael Simpson. Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora. Oxford: University Press, 2007.

Malamud, Margaret. African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2016.

Orrells, Daniel, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon, eds. African Athena: New Agendas. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Rankine, Patrice D. Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013.

Rankine, Patrice D. Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Scarborough, William Sanders. The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough an American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship. Edited by Michelle Valerie Ronnick. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005.

Scarborough, William Sanders. The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader. Edited by Michele Valerie Ronnick. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Walters, Tracey L. African American Literature and the Classicist Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Journal Articles

Ronnick, Michele Valerie. “Twelve Black Classicists.” Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 11, no. 3 (2004): 85-102.

Sowers, Brian P. “The Socratic Black Panther: Reading Huey P. Newton Reading Plato.” Journal of African American Studies 21, no. 1 (2017): 26-41.