The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature covers a period dating back to the eighteenth century. These specially commissioned essays highlight the artistry, complexity and diversity of a literary tradition that ranges from Lucy Terry to Toni Morrison. A wide range of topics are addressed, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement, and from the performing arts to popular fiction. Together, the essays provide an invaluable guide to a rich, complex tradition of women writers in conversation with each other as they critique American society and influence American letters. Accessible and vibrant, with the needs of undergraduate students in mind, this Companion will be of great interest to anybody who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of this important and vital area of American literature.

Table of Contents

Chronology of major works and events
History, Contexts, and Criticism
Early African American women's literature Frances
Women of the Harlem Renaissance
Women writers of the Black Arts Movement
Contemporary African American women writers
African American feminist theories and literary criticism
Genre, Gender and Race
African American women and the United States narrative
Autobiography and African American women's literature
'Even some fiction might be useful': African American women novelists
African American women poets and the power of the word
African American women in the performing arts
African American women writers of children's and young adult literature
African American women essayists
African American women writers and the short story
African American women writers and popular fiction: theorizing black womanhood
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