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Vernacular EloquenceWhat Speech Can Bring to Writing$

Peter Elbow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.001.0001

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(p.399) Appendix II A Sampling of Published Writing in Non-Mainstream Varieties of English

(p.399) Appendix II A Sampling of Published Writing in Non-Mainstream Varieties of English

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For a wide-ranging collection of works in many different versions of English, see Dohra Ahmed’s Rotten English: A Literary Anthology. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.

AAL or Black English

Childress, Alice. Like One of the Family. Boston: Beacon, 1986. Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White. 1966.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1937.

Sanchez, Sonia. Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems. Boston: Beacon, 1999.

Sapphire. Push: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1996.

Smitherman, Geneva. See her columns in English Journal (collected as chapter 20 in her Talkin That Talk. See also parts of her Talkin and Testifyin. Detroit: Wayne State University Press [1986].

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1982.

Caribbean Creole English

Bennett, Louise. Selected Poems. Kingston, Jamaica: Sangster’s, 1982.

Clarke, Austin. The Polished Hoe. New York: Amistead, 2003. New York: Warner, 2000.

Hodge, Merle. Crick-Crack Monkey. London: Heinemann, 1981.

Hopkinson, Nalo. The Midnight Robber. New York: Warner, 2000.

Lovelace, Earl. The Wine of Astonishment. New York: Vintage, 1984.

The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse in English (see section on oral and oral-influenced poetry). Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1986.

Sistren, with Honor Ford Smith, ed. Lionheart Gal: Life Stories of Jamaican Women. London: Women’s Press, 1986.

Hawai’ian Creole English (“Pidgin”)

Lum, Darrell H. Y. Pass On, No Pass Back. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1990.

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Blu’s Hanging. New York: Farrar, 1997. Saturday Night at the Pahala Theater. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1993.

(p.400) Hispanic/Latino/a English

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Spinters-Aunt Lute, 1987.

Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1991.

Diaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Riverhead, 1996. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead, 2007.

Rivera, Tomás. … y no se lo trag’o la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him. Houston: Arte P’ublico, 1992.

Trevino, Jes’us Salvador. The Fabulous Sinkhole and Other Stories. Houston: Arte P’ublico, 1995.


Kelman, James. How Late It Was, How Late. New York: Vintage, 1998.

Anthology of pieces in different versions of English

Ahmed, Dohra. Rotten English: A Literary Anthology. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.