Faculty Bookshelf

Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership

  • Published Date: University of Minnesota Press, 2012

Erica R. Edwards

Charisma

How a preoccupation with charismatic leadership in African American culture has influenced literature from World War I to the present

Social and political change is impossible in the absence of gifted male charismatic leadership—this is the fiction that shaped African American culture throughout the twentieth century. If we understand this, Erica R. Edwards tells us, we will better appreciate the dramatic variations within both the modern black freedom struggle and the black literary tradition.

Award: MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize