The Changing Same"

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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.2 x 232.9 x 17.8mm | 418.02g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253209269
  • 9780253209269

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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.
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Table of contents

Preface-Speaking To You about the "Changing the Same"
Part I Thinking About Methods
Chapter One - New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism

Part II Ideas of Tradition
Chapter Two - Race of Saints: Four Girls at Cottage City
Chapter Three - "The Changing Same": Generational Connections and Black Women Novelists-Iola Leroy and The Color Purple

Part III Undercover: Passing and Other Disguises
Chapter Four-On FAce: Textual Identities in Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun or Marking and Marketing in the Harlem Renaissance
Chapter Five: "The nameless... Shameful Impulse": Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Passing

Part IV The Reader in the Text
Chapter Six-Boundaries: Or Distant Relations and Close Kine - Sula
Chapter Seven: Reading Family Matters

Part V Hesitating Between Tenses or Allegories of History
Chapter Eight-Witnessing Slavery AFter Freedom-Dessa Rose
Chapter Nine-Transferences: Black Feminist Discourse: The "Practice" of "Theory"
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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.
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