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Kenneth Warren, in his controversial What Was African American Literature? (2011), argues that while African American literature was once "prospective," contemporary black writing is "retrospective" and its obsessive preoccupation with the past is the result of nostalgia for the supposedly unified and cohesive black community of Jim Crow times and unwillingness to accept the disappearance of racial particularity after the end of legally sanctioned racial segregation. While some of his pointsdoi:10.13136/2281-4582/2016.i8.576 fatcat:unh33tksaraizd252e6id2bgt4