chapter  2
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A Rip in the Tent: Teaching (African) American Literature

The more I teach African American literature, the more I believe it must be taught. As soon as we think about studying the literature in the way that Morrison describes, as a rip in the tent, we can, I think, no longer see African American literature as marginal, as belonging to

a special interest group, as a literary ghetto. It belongs to all of us and, more importantly, it holds out a challenge to all of us.