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Title:
Changing our own words : essays on criticism, theory, and writing by Black women
Author:
Wall, Cheryl A.
Publication Information:
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
viii, 253 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Proceedings of a conference held at Rutgers University in Oct., 1987.
Language:
English
Contents:
Reading family matters / Deborah E. McDowell -- The permanent obliquity of an in(pha)llibly straight / Hortense J. Spillers -- Allegories of Black female desire / Claudia Tate -- But what do we think we're doing anyway / Barbara Christian -- What is your nation? / Abena P.A. Busia -- Living on the line / Gloria T. Hull -- I shop therefore I am / Susan Willis -- Speaking in tongues, dialogism, and the Black woman writer's literary tradition / Mae Gwendolyn Henderson -- Black feminist theory and the representation of the "other" / Valerie Smith.
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ISBN:
9780813514628

9780813514635
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Long the stepchildren of both African-American literature and women's literature, black women's writing and the black feminist critical perspectives that followed have now, as evidenced by this outstanding collection of essays, taken center stage in critical discourse on literary theory. With essays that chart the history, debates, cautions, and future of black women's writing and criticism, these well-respected scholars (including Deborah McDowell, Barbara Christian, Susan Willis, Claudia Tate, Valerie Smith, and others) "change words" with each other in a way that is both informing and provocative. Moving from the history of black feminist critical perspectives, to the uses of black women's literature in critical discourse by white feminists and African-American men, finally to the definition of their own critical language and praxis, this volume signals the maturity and integrity of black feminist criticism. This collection is highly recommended, for it will be an invaluable and well-used resource for professional scholars as well as for graduate and undergraduate students of black women's literature and literary theory. C. C. Denard Georgia State University


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Long the stepchildren of both African-American literature and women's literature, black women's writing and the black feminist critical perspectives that followed have now, as evidenced by this outstanding collection of essays, taken center stage in critical discourse on literary theory. With essays that chart the history, debates, cautions, and future of black women's writing and criticism, these well-respected scholars (including Deborah McDowell, Barbara Christian, Susan Willis, Claudia Tate, Valerie Smith, and others) "change words" with each other in a way that is both informing and provocative. Moving from the history of black feminist critical perspectives, to the uses of black women's literature in critical discourse by white feminists and African-American men, finally to the definition of their own critical language and praxis, this volume signals the maturity and integrity of black feminist criticism. This collection is highly recommended, for it will be an invaluable and well-used resource for professional scholars as well as for graduate and undergraduate students of black women's literature and literary theory. C. C. Denard Georgia State University