Conjuring : Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition

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Black women have been writing and publishing fiction for more than a century, yet little is known of their literary history, their influence on each other, or the significance of their work to the American literary tradition. All the contributors implicitly address the question of how this recovered tradition reshapes our understanding of American more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253314070
  • 9780253314079

Table of contents

Introduction: Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and the "Ancient Power" of Black Women / Marjorie Pryse; 1 Adding Color and Contour to Early American Self-Portraitures: Autobiographical Writings of Afro-American Women / Frances Smith Foster; 2 Green-eyed Monsters of the Slavocracy: Jealous Mistresses in Two Slave Narratives / Minrose C. Gwin; 3 Pauline Hopkins: Our Literary Foremother / Claudia Tate; 4 Out of the Woods and into the World: A Study of Interracial Friendships between Women in the American Novels / Elizabeth Schultz; 5 The Neglected Dimension of Jessie Redmon Fauset / Deborah E. McDowell; 6 Ann Petry's Demythologizing of American Culture and Afro-American Character / Bernard W. Bell; 7 "Pattern against the Sky": Deism and Motherhood in Ann Petry's The Street / Marjorie Pryse; 8 Jubilee: The Black Woman's Celebration of Human Community / Minrose C. Gwin; 9 Chosen Place, Timeless People: Some Figurations on the New World / Hortense J. Spillers; 10 Lady No Longer Sings the Blues: Rape, Madness, and Silence in The Bluest Eye / Madonne M. Miner; 11 Recitation to the Griot: Storytelling and Learning in Toni Marrison's Song of Solomon / Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr.; 12 The Wise Witches: Black Women Mentors in the Fiction of Octavia E. Butler / Thelma J. Shinn; 13 "What It Is I Think She's Doing Anyhow": A Reading of Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters / Gloria T. Hull; 14 Trajectories of Self-Definition: Placing Contemporary Afro-American Women's Fiction / Barbara Christian; Afterword: Cross-Currents, Discontinuities: Black Women's Fiction / Hortnese J. Spillers The Contributors; Indexshow more

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"The most consistently rewarding of the recent anthologies focusing on Afro-American women's writing ... " Modern Fiction Studies " ... successfully [exposes] the core of Black women's writing and confidently [places] it within the American literary tradition." Belles Lettresshow more

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