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The Changing Same" : Black Women's Literature, Criticism, and Theory

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The Changing Same" examines defining moments in African American women's fiction and its reception: the "Women's Era" of the 1890s, the Harlem Renaissance, and the "New Black Renaissance" of the 1970s and 1980s. Deborah McDowell maps this history in readings of Emma Dunham Kelley, Frances E. W. Harper, Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Sherley Anne Williams. She examines representations of slavery, sexuality, and homoeroticism; the reception of African American women's fiction in the 1980s; and African American feminist writing in the "Age of Theory."show more

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  • Book | 240 pages
  • 154.2 x 232.9 x 17.8mm | 418.02g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253209269
  • 9780253209269

About Deborah E. McDowell

DEBORAH E. MCDOWELL, Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is co-editor (with Arnold Rampersad) of Slavery and the Literary Imagination and author of numerous articles and essays on African American texts.show more

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McDowell's vibrant scholarship combines close textual analysis with attention to broad social, political, and cultural contexts. In this volume, she also critiques her own earlier positions, reconfiguring and contributing to the evolution of a new black feminist criticism.show more

Table of contents

Preface-Speaking To You about the "Changing the Same"Part I Thinking About MethodsChapter One - New Directions for Black Feminist CriticismPart II Ideas of TraditionChapter Two - Race of Saints: Four Girls at Cottage CityChapter Three - "The Changing Same": Generational Connections and Black Women Novelists-Iola Leroy and The Color PurplePart III Undercover: Passing and Other DisguisesChapter Four-On FAce: Textual Identities in Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun or Marking and Marketing in the Harlem RenaissanceChapter Five: "The nameless... Shameful Impulse": Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Quicksand and PassingPart IV The Reader in the TextChapter Six-Boundaries: Or Distant Relations and Close Kine - SulaChapter Seven: Reading Family MattersPart V Hesitating Between Tenses or Allegories of HistoryChapter Eight-Witnessing Slavery AFter Freedom-Dessa RoseChapter Nine-Transferences: Black Feminist Discourse: The "Practice" of "Theory"show more

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