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Black Feminist Literary Criticism

Past and Present – With an Introduction by Cheryl A. Wall

Edited By Karla Kovalova

Since its inception, black feminist literary criticism has produced a number of sophisticated theoretical works that have challenged traditional approaches to (black) literature. This collection of essays explores past and current productions of black feminist theorizing, attempting to trace the trajectories in black feminist criticism that have emerged in American scholarship since the 1990s. Taking black feminist literary criticism as the subject of inquiry, the book focuses on the field’s recent theoretical contributions to literary productions and their impact on other fields. The volume contains an introduction by Cheryl A. Wall, and essays by Karla Kovalova, Heike Raphael-Hernandez, and Nagueyalti Warren.

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A Address-ability 107 Adell, Sandra 60 Aesthetics 77, 98, 104, 113, 120 – black 85-86, 89, 95, 97–104, 109, 157–158 – oral/aural 106–107 African American literature 24, 64, 74–75, 85–7, 92, 95–97, 105, 116–117, 125, 148, 150–152 – see also black literature African American studies 40, 66, 71 Africana womanism, see womanism Africanism 68, 133,135–141, 147, 153, 158 Africanist presence, see Africanism Afrocentrism 64, 73, 76–77, 80, 115 Afro-pessimism 158 Agency 26, 71, 98–99, 123–124 Alexander, Will 101, 103–104 “American grammar,” see Spillers, Hortense Americanness 76, 134–135, 140 Amoah, Jewel 150 Angelou, Maya 19, 33–34, 124 Art 18, 20, 26, 40, 86, 89, 91, 97–100, 117 Artists 17–20, 28, 35–36, 40, 92, 96, 98, 100, 119 Authenticity 62, 126 Awkward, Michael 45, 63–64, 77 B BAM (Black Arts Movement) 37, 65, 86, 96, 99–100 Babb, Valerie 134, 139–143, 146 Baker, Houston 44–45, 58–61, 70, 92, 103 – response to Joyce 59 – theory of blues 86, 91–92, 96, 100 Bambara, Cade Toni 18–22, 25, 28, 33–34, 38, 124 Beloved, see Morrison, Toni Black aesthetics, see aesthetics Black Atlantic 141 Black literature 40, 44, 58–59, 74–76, 95, 99, 117, 147, 150–151, 153 – approaches to 80, 86, 109 – see also Renaissance Black Nationalism 32, 36, 49 Black Power Movement 29, 31–32 Black women – singers 96, 98, 105 – writers 19, 24, 26, 33, 37, 40–42, 45...

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