Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic

Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic

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...essential reading for anyone intrigued by the narrative craft and social impact of the novels of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Gayl Jone. -Claudia Tate. Drawing upon Black feminist theory, Madhu Dubey analyzes the marginalization of the Black woman in Black nationalist discourse. The Black Aesthetic movement, celebrated as the second renaissance of African American cultural history, radically redefined Blackness and catalyzed an explosion in Black literature. But this discourse centered on the Black man, leaving the Black woman liberated racially, yet still confined by traditional gender definitions. In response, writers such as Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, and Alice Walker challenged traditional models of Black female identity and generated their own visions of identity, community, and historical change.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 19.05mm | 500g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253318416
  • 9780253318411

Table of contents

Introduction: Black Feminist Criticism I. I Am New Man: Black Nationalism and the Black Aesthetic II. What Did We Lack?: Uses of the Grotesque Mode in The Bluest Eye III. No Bottom and No Top: Oppositions in Sula IV. A New World Song: The Blues Form of Corregidora V. DonOt You Explain Me: The Unreadability of EvaOs Man VI. To Survive Whole: The Integrative Aims of Womanism in The Third Life of Grange Copeland VII. A Crazy Quilt: The Multivalent Pattern of Meridian Conclusion: Black WomenOs Fiction in the 1970s Notes Index
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