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The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature


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Angelyn Mitchell, Danille Taylor, Frances Smith Foster, LaRose Davis, Cheryl A. Wall, Eleanor W. Traylor, Dana A. Williams, Robert J. Patterson, Joycelyn Moody, Joanne M. Braxton, Madhu Dubey, Keith Leonard, Olga Barrios, Dianne Johnson, Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Crystal J. Lucky, Herman Beavers
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521675826

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  • The Cambridge Companion to African American Women's Literature covers a period dating back to the eighteenth century. These specially commissioned essays highlight the artistry, complexity and diversity of a literary tradition that ranges from Lucy Terry to Toni Morrison. A wide range of topics are addressed, from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement, and from the performing arts to popular fiction. Together, the essays provide an invaluable guide to a rich, complex tradition of women writers in conversation with each other as they critique American society and influence American letters. Accessible and vibrant, with the needs of undergraduate students in mind, this Companion will be of great interest to anybody who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of this important and vital area of American literature.

    • Presents critical commentaries that provide a deep, contextual understanding of a centuries-old tradition
    • Contains accessible, in depth analyses that have been written with students in mind
    • Offers extensive bibliographies that will be invaluable for students who wish to pursue further study and research
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521675826
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of major works and events
    Introduction Angelyn Mitchell and Danille Taylor
    Part I. History, Contexts, and Criticism:
    1. Early African American women's literature Frances Smith Foster and LaRose Davis
    2. Women of the Harlem Renaissance Cheryl A. Wall
    3. Women writers of the Black Arts Movement Eleanor W. Traylor
    4. Contemporary African American women writers Dana A. Williams
    5. African American feminist theories and literary criticism Robert J. Patterson
    Part II. Genre, Gender and Race:
    6. African American women and the United States narrative Joycelyn Moody
    7. Autobiography and African American women's literature Joanne M. Braxton
    8. 'Even some fiction might be useful': African American women novelists Madhu Dubey
    9. African American women poets and the power of the word Keith Leonard
    10. African American women in the performing arts Olga Barrios
    11. African American women writers of children's and young adult literature Dianne Johnson
    12. African American women essayists Marilyn Sanders Mobley
    13. African American women writers and the short story Crystal J. Lucky
    14. African American women writers and popular fiction: theorizing black womanhood Herman Beavers

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century African American Women Writers
    • Advanced Survey of Black Literature
    • African American Literature By and About Black Women
    • African American Women Writers
    • African American Women's Literature
    • African-American Literature: African American Women
    • Black Women's Literature
    • Black Women's Rhetorical Traditions
    • Contemporary Black Literature
    • Novel & Short Fiction
    • Southern Literature
    • Studies in Literature
    • Survey of African American Literature
    • The African Diaspora
    • Themes and Culture in Literature
    • Topics in Diversity Studies
    • Women & Lit: African American Women's Writing
    • Womens Literature
  • Editors

    Angelyn Mitchell, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Angelyn Mitchell is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

    Danille K. Taylor, Dillard University, New Orleans
    Danille K. Taylor is Dean of Humanities, Dillard University, New Orleans.


    Angelyn Mitchell, Danille Taylor, Frances Smith Foster, LaRose Davis, Cheryl A. Wall, Eleanor W. Traylor, Dana A. Williams, Robert J. Patterson, Joycelyn Moody, Joanne M. Braxton, Madhu Dubey, Keith Leonard, Olga Barrios, Dianne Johnson, Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Crystal J. Lucky, Herman Beavers

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