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March 10, 2009 4:07 PM   Subscribe

Can you recommend a great novel set at a historically black American college?
posted by GaelFC to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I think "Invisible Man" starts out at a direct allegory for a famous black college. Can't remember which one though.
posted by Sam Ryan at 4:31 PM on March 10, 2009

Yes, Invisible Man starts out with the narrator attending a college that is a thinly-veiled version of Tuskegee University.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 4:35 PM on March 10, 2009

3rding invisible man.

also, The Great Debaters is based on an article in American Legacy which might or might not be interesting.
posted by klanawa at 5:06 PM on March 10, 2009

Pearl Cleage's Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do is set at Morehouse College among other places.

If This World Were Mine by E. Lynn Harris is about a group of friends who meet at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). I think a couple of Harris's other books depict HBCU life in passing.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:12 PM on March 10, 2009

Not quite what you wanted, but perhaps The Intuitionist would be worth your time.

Most of the action takes place post-BA, and nothing in it is, technically, real. However, there are some academe-style intrigues.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:54 PM on March 10, 2009

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