African American Literature

Through their works of drama, prose, and poetry, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Colson Whitehead give us opportunities to think about the notion of “place.” When it comes to a “sense of place,” there tends to be a subjective and emotional attachment (Agnew). We may consider the ways in which we form attachments to home, neighborhood, institutions, and nation, and how feelings about space and place can be affected by cultural identity. It is sometimes suggested that “place offers a sense of security and space represents freedom…we seem to be attached to one and long for the other” (Tuan).Choose one of the following authors: Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Colson Whitehead. Discuss how their pieces we have studied examine the notion of “place.”