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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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Karla Kovalova is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. She is the author of To Live Fully, Here and Now: The Healing Vision in the Works of Alice Walker (2007) and editor of European Scholars Teaching African American Texts (2007) and Černošská feministická literární kritika: Výbor z teoretických statí afroamerických kritiček [Black Feminist Literary Criticism: A Reader] (2014), a volume featuring her original essay on black feminist literary criticism. She has published more than twenty articles and contributed chapters to books. The present volume is an outcome of her research grant awarded by the Czech Science Foundation.

Heike Raphael-Hernandez is Professor of English at the University of Maryland University College, Europe and Interim Professor in American Cultural Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. She is the author of Contemporary African American Women Writers and Ernst Bloch’s Principle of Hope (2008) and Fear, Desire, and the Stranger Next Door: Global South Immigration in American Film (forthcoming 2016); co-editor of Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture (forthcoming 2016) and AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics (2006); and editor of Blackening Europe: The African American Presence (2004).

Cheryl A. Wall is the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University. She is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition (2005) and Women of the Harlem Renaissance (1995) as well as the editor of...

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