The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature

The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature

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For courses in Women and Literature and African-American Literature; as well as for courses in women's studies, cultural studies, and African-American studies. Message: This is the first comprehensive anthology of African American women's literature that covers all historical periods and all genres. Story:Encompassing Pulitzer Prize winners Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove, national icons Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, and prominent cult figures Zora Neale Hurston and Octavia Butler, African American women's literature is the one of the fastest growing areas of American literature more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.5 x 22.9mm | 771.12g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0130485462
  • 9780130485465

About Valerie Lee

Valerie Lee is the chair of the Department of English at The Ohio State University. She is the former chair of the Department of Women's Studies and is active in the field of African American women's more

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Encompassing Pulitzer Prize winners Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove, national icons Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, and prominent cult figures Zora Neale Hurston and Octavia Butler, African American women's literature is one of the fastest growing areas of American literature today. "The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature" is the first comprehensive collection of African American women's literature available today. It covers all historical periods, from the 18th century up through the early years of the 21st century; and all genres: from poems, essays, journal entries, and short stories to novels and black feminist criticism. Organized by three principleschronology, genre, and themeLee's anthology includes questions for thought and discussion at the end of each writing. "show more

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CONTENTSContents by Genre ix Contents by Theme xii Preface xvii Acknowledgments xvii Map: Writers and Geography xix Timeline xx An Era of Resistance: 19th-Century African American Women's Writings Jacqueline Jones Royster xxviiiThe Colonial and Antebellum Periods 1"Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women." Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"She is mother, and her heart / Is Breaking in despair.""The Slave Mother" Lucy Terry Prince (1730-1821)"Bars Fight" (1746) 2 Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)"On Being Brought from Africa to America" (1773) 3"To S.M., A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works" (1773) 3 "On Imagination" (1773) 4 "To Samson Occom" (1774) 4 "To His Excellency General Washington" (1775) 5 Jarena Lee (1783-1849) From The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee (1836) "My Call to Preach the Gospel" 6 Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) "Ar'n't I a Woman?" Speech to the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, presented May 29, 1851 8"When Woman Gets Her Rights, Man Will BeRight"-delivered at the annual meeting of the American Equal Rights Association in New York (1867) 9Nancy Gardner Prince (1799c.-1856) From A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince, Written By Herself (1850) 10 Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) From "Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality" (1831) 14 "Lecture Delivered at the Franklin Hall" (1832) 19 Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) Chapter 1-"Childhood" 22 Julia A. Foote (1823-1900) From A Brand Plucked from the Fire (1879) Chapter 1-"Birth and Parentage" 24 Chapter 17-"My Call to Preach the Gospel" 25 Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) "The Slave Mother" (1854) 26 "The Syrophenician Woman" (1854) 27 "Ethiopia" (1854) 27 "Bury Me in a Free Land" (1857) 27 "The Two Offers" (1859) 28 "Our Greatest Want" (1859) 32 "Woman's Political Future" (1893) 33 "A Double Standard" (1894) 35 Harriet E. Wilson (1828-1863) From Our Nig (1859) Chapter 2-"My Father's Death" 36 Hannah Crafts From The Bondwoman's Narrative (circa 1850s) "A New Master" 39 The Reconstruction Period 41 "But to be a woman of the Negro race in America, and to be able to grasp the deep significance of the possibilities of the crisis, is to have a heritage, it seems to me, unique in the ages." Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice From the South "Mrs. Willis was a good example of a class of women of that came into existence at the close of the Civil War. She was not a rara avis, but one of many possibilities which the future will develop from among the ed women of New England." Pauline E. Hopkins, Contending Forces Elizabeth Keckley (1824c.-1907) From Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years as a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (1868) Preface 42 Chapter 1-"Where I Was Born" 44 Chapter 9-"Behind the Scenes" 46 Charlotte L. Forten Grimke (1837-1914) From The Journals of Charlotte L. Forten Grimke Introduction to Journal, May 25, 1854-June 25, 1854 49Gertrude Bustill Mossell (1855-1948) A Lofty Study" (1894) 52 Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964)From A Voice From the South (1892) "Womanhood A Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race" 54 "The Status of Woman in America" 62 Pauline E. Hopkins (1859-1930) From Contending Forces (1900) Chapter 7-"Friendship" 67 Chapter 8-"The Sewing-Circle" 73 Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) From A Red Record (1895) Chapter 1-"The Case Stated" 79 Chapter 10-"The Remedy" 83 Expansion, Experimentation, and Excellence: 20th- and 21st-Century African American Women's Writings 86 The Harlem Renaissance 90 ". . . Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus' listenin' tuh you..." Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God "She wished to find out about this hazardous business 'passing,' this breaking away from all that was familiar and friendly." Nella Larsen, Passing Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) "I Sit and Sew" (1920) 90From Caroling Dusk"Snow in October" (1927) 90 Letters from Une Femme Dit, February 20,1926-March 13, 1926 90Angelina Weld Grimke (1880-1958) "The Closing Door" (1919) 94 "The Black Finger" (1923) 103 Anne Spencer (1882-1975) "Before the Feast of Shushan" (1920) 104 "The Wife-Woman" (1922) 104 "At the Carnival" (1923) 105 "Lady, Lady" (1925) 105 "Letter to My Sister" (1927) 106 Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961) "The Sleeper Wakes" (1920) 107 From Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral (1929) Chapter 1 [Passing] 118 Mary Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979) "The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy)" (1922) 121 "Morning Light (The Dew-Drier)" (1927) 121 Georgia Douglas Johnson (1886-1966) "The Heart of a Woman" (1918) 122 "Your World" (1922) 122 "Motherhood" (1922) 122 "Wishes" (1927) 123 "I Want to Die While You Love Me" (1928) 123 Plumes: A Folk Tragedy (1927) 123 Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) "Sweat" (1926) 127 "The Gilded Six-Bits" (1933) 132 Nella Larsen (1891-1964) Passing (1929) 138 Marita Bonner (1899-1971) "On Being Young-a Woman-and ed" (1925) 175 Gwendolyn B. Bennett (1902-1981) "Heritage" (1923) 178 "To a Dark Girl" (1927) 178 Helene Johnson (1907-1995) "Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem" (1923) 179 "My Race" (1925) 179 "Magalu" (1927) 179 The 1940s-1959 180 "God help her when she grew up. God help the man who married her. God help her sisters not to follow in her footsteps." Dorothy West, The Living Is Easy "Sadie scraped life / With a fine-tooth comb." Gwendolyn Brooks, "Sadie and Maud" Dorothy West (1907-1998) "The Typewriter" (1926) 180 "The Richer the Poorer" (1967) 183 Ann Petry (1908-1997) "Like a Winding Sheet" (1945) 186 Margaret Walker (1915-1998) "Ex-Slave" (1938) 191 "For My People" (1942) 191 "Lineage" (1942) 192 Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) "Kitchenette Building" (1945) 193 "The Mother" (1945) 193 "We Real Cool" (1953) 194 Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) A Raisin in the Sun (1959) 195 Literature of the Black Aesthetic Movement: The 1960s and 1970s "now woman/i have returned." Sonia Sanchez, "Homecoming" "but revolution doesn't lend / itself to be-hopping." Nikki Giovanni, "For Saundra" Alice Childress (1920-1994) From Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (1956) "Like One of the Family" 231 "Ridin' the Bus" 232 "All About My Job" 233 "Mrs. James" 234 "I Hate Half-Days Off " 234 Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923) "The Old Women" (1978) 236 "Attitude at Seventy-five" (2001) 236 "Gray Strands" (2001) 236 Maya Angelou (b. 1928) "Still I Rise" (1978) 237 Paule Marshall (b. 1929) From Soul Clap Hands and Sing (1961) "Brooklyn" 238 Kristin Hunter (b. 1931) From Guests in the Promised Land (1968) "Mom Luby and the Social Worker" 247 Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934) "Homecoming" (1969) 250 "Poem at Thirty" (1969) 250 "The Final Solution/" (1969) 251 "For Our Lady" (1969) 251 "Summer Words of a Sistuh Addict" (1970) 251 June Jordan (1936-2002) "Independence Day in the U.S.A." (1985) 253 "Song of the Law Abiding Citizen" (1985) 253 "Poem about My Rights" (1989) 254 "Poem for Guatemala" (1989) 255 "The Female and the Silence of a Man" (1989) 256 "Intifada" (1989) 256 Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943) "For Saundra" (1968) 258 "Nikki-Rosa" (1968) 258 Carolyn M. Rodgers (b. 1945) "It Is Deep" (1968) 260 "How I Got Ovah" (1968) 260 Literature of the Second Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s 262 "We waz Girls Together." Toni Morrison, Sula "We was Grown / We was Finally Grown." Ntozake Shange, For ed Girls... Toni Morrison (b. 1931) "Recitatif" (1995) 263 Adrienne Kennedy (b. 1931) Motherhood 2000 (1994) 272 Audre Lorde (1934-1992) "A Litany for Survival" (1978) 275 Lucille Clifton (b. 1936) "Homage to My Hips" (1980) 277 "Homage to My Hair" (1980) 277 Jayne Cortez (b. 1936) "Rape" (1984) 278 Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995) From Gorilla, My Love (1972) "The Lesson" 279 "My Man Bovanne" 282 J. California Cooper (b. 1940) From A Piece of Mine (1984) "A Jewel for a Friend" 285 BarbaraNeely (b. 1941) "Spilled Salt" (1990) 289 Alice Walker (b. 1944) From In Love and Trouble (1973) "Roselily" 294 Pat Parker (1944-1989) "For the White Person Who Wants to Know How to Be My Friend" (1978) 297 Sherley Anne Williams (1944-1999) "Any Woman's Blues" (1975) 298 "I Want Aretha to Set This to Music" (1982) 298 Marilyn Nelson Waniek (b. 1946) "The Writer's Wife" (1978) 300 "The Lost Daughter" (1985) 300 Michelle Cliff (b. 1946) From Abeng (1984) [Nanny, The Sorceress] 302 Octavia Butler (b. 1947) "Bloodchild" (1995) 306 Ntozake Shange (b. 1948) From for ed girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (1977) "Latent Rapists" 315 "With No Immediate Cause" (1978) 316 Jewelle Gomez (b. 1948) "A Swimming Lesson" (1986) 318 "Don't Explain" (1998) 319 Alexis De Veaux (b. 1948) "The Woman Who Lives in the Botanical Gardens" (1983) 324 Gloria Naylor (b. 1950) From The Women of Brewster Place (1982) "Kiswana Browne" 325From Mama Day (1988)[Willow Springs] 330 Marita Golden (b. 1950) From Long Distance Life (1989) Chapter 3-"Naomi" 334 Rita Dove (b. 1952) From Thomas and Beulah (1986) "The Event" 345 "Variation on Pain" 346 "Motherhood" 346 "Daystar" 346 Jewell Parker Rhodes (b. 1954) "Long Distances" (1989) 347 Literature from the New Millennium: The 1990s to the 21st Century 351 "Trifling! Trifling women! After all I did to raise them right." Tina McElroy Ansa, Ugly Ways "Every shut eye ain't sleep. Every good-bye ain't gone." Itabari Njeri, Every Good-Bye Ain't Gone Tina McElroy Ansa (b. 1949) "Willie Bea and Jaybird" (1991) 352 Bebe Moore Campbell (b. 1950) From Your Blues Ain't Like Mine (1992) Chapter 5: ["Two Small Pretty Women Staring Down an Empty Train Track"] 356 From Brothers and Sisters (1994) [LaKeesha's Job Interview] 360From What You Owe Me (2001)Chapter 2: [The Braddock Hotel] 363 Terry McMillan (b. 1951) "Ma' Dear" (1990) 366 Julie Dash (b. 1952) From Daughters of the Dust (1999) "The Story of Ibo Landing" 371 Harryette Mullen (b. 1953) "Denigration" (2002) 374 "Exploring the Dark Content" (2002) 374 "Souvenir from Anywhere" (2002) 374 Itabari Njeri (b. 1954) From Every Good-Bye Ain't Gone (1991) "Ruby" 375 Thylias Moss (b. 1954) "The Warmth of Hot Chocolate" (1993) 381 "Remembering Kitchens" (1993) 382 Jessica Care Moore (b. 1972) "princess" (2003) 383 "The poem we have to write before thirty, because people will ask or I don't have a five-year plan!" (2003) 384 "struck!" (1997) 385 Pearl Cleage (b. 1948) From I Wish I Had a Red Dress (2001) "Black Ice" 386 Tayari Jones (b. 1970) From Leaving Atlanta (2002) "The Direction Opposite of Home" 390 Black Feminist Criticism and Womanist Theories 398 "For people of have always theorized-but in forms quite different from the Western form of abstract logic." Barbara Christian, "The Race for Theory" "Black feminist criticism is a knotty issue..." Deborah McDowell, "New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism" Barbara Christian "The Race for Theory" (1987) 399 Karla Holloway "Revision and (Re)membrance: A Theory of Literary Structures in Literature by African-American Women Writers" (1990) 405 Audre Lorde "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" (1984) 412 Deborah McDowell "New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism" (1980) 414Carla Peterson From "Doers of the Word": Theorizing African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the Antebellum North (1995) "The Social Spheres of African-American Women" 421 "Black Women and Liminality" 422show more

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