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By Elizabeth A. Beaulieu

Women have had a posh event in African American tradition. the 1st paintings of its sort, this encyclopedia methods African American literature from a Women's reports point of view. whereas Yolanda Williams Page's Encyclopedia of African American ladies Writers offers biographical entries on greater than one hundred fifty literary figures, this e-book is far broader in scope. incorporated are numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries on African American ladies writers, in addition to on male writers who've handled girls of their works. Entries on genres, sessions, subject matters, characters, historic occasions, texts, areas, and different issues are incorporated to boot. each one access is written by means of knowledgeable contributor and relates its topic to the general adventure of girls in African American literature. Entries cite works for additional interpreting, and the encyclopedia closes with a specific, basic bibliography.

African American tradition is tremendously various, and the event of ladies in African American society is principally complicated. girls have been one of the first African American writers, and works via black girls writers are well known between scholars and basic readers alike. whilst, African American girls were oppressed, and texts by means of black male authors characterize girls in quite a few methods. the 1st of its type, this encyclopedia methods African American literature from a Women's experiences point of view, and therefore considerably illuminates the African American cultural event via literary works.

Included are numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, written by means of quite a few professional individuals. as well as masking female and male African American authors, the encyclopedia additionally discusses topics, significant works and characters, genres, classes, ancient occasions, areas, and different topics.

Included are entries on such authors as:

; Maya Angelou

; James Baldwin

; Frederick Douglass

; Nikki Giovanni

; June Jordan

; Claude McKay

; Ishmael Reed

; Sojourner Truth

; Phillis Wheatley

; and lots of others.

In addition, the various works mentioned include:

; Beloved

; Blanche at the Lam

; Iknow Why the Caged fowl Sings

; The males of Brewster Place

; Quicksand

; The Street

; Waiting to Exhale

; and plenty of more.

The many topical entries cover:

; Black Feminism

; Black Nationalism

; Conjuring

; kid's and younger grownup Literature

; Detective Fiction

; Epistolary Novel

; Motherhood

; Sexuality

; Spirituality

; Stereotypes

; and plenty of others.

Entries relate their issues to the event of African American ladies and cite works for additional reading.

Features and Benefits:

; comprises enormous quantities of alphabetically prepared entries.

; attracts at the paintings of various specialist contributors.

; incorporates a chosen, normal bibliography.

; bargains more than a few discovering aids, comparable to a listing of entries, a advisor to comparable themes, and an intensive index.

; helps the literature curriculum by way of assisting scholars examine significant writers and works.

; helps the social reviews curriculum via assisting scholars use literature to appreciate the event of African American women.

; Covers the complete chronological variety of African American literature.

; Fosters a appreciate for cultural diversity.

; Develops examine talents by way of directing scholars to extra assets of information.

; Builds bridges among African American heritage, literature, and Women's Studies.

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Brooks. Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004. Caton, Louis. 3 (Fall 1996): 125–142. Ferguson, Moira. Jamaica Kincaid: Where the Land Meets the Body. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994. Mistron, Deborah. Understanding Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. 19 20 Ansa, Tina McElroy Muirhead, Pamela. ’’ Clockwatch Review 9 (1994–1995): 39–48.

These experiences infused Anderson with a desire, exhibited in her writing, to represent the truth of African American heritage and experience and the strength developed and displayed in the struggle to withstand the onslaughts of segregation, which inevitably lead to feelings of helplessness, inadequacy, and vulnerability. Anderson depicts the impact of potentially crushing outside forces upon the African American man and the significant role of the African American woman in that equation. She not only celebrates the power of African American womanhood but also what that strength brings to the African American male and family.

The Academy of American Poets. March 30, 2004. 45442B7-C000C046100. Furious Flower: Conversations with African American Poets. San Francisco: California Newsreel, 1998. Video recording. Phillip, Christine. 2 (Spring 1996): 493–507. Ann Hostetler 5 6 Allen, Clarissa Minnie Thompson ALEXANDER, MARGARET ABIGAIL WALKER. ) If Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen’s Treading the Winepress; or, A Mountain of Misfortune had been published as a single volume, she would have been the second African American woman to publish a novel.

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