Black women's writing /
edited by Gina Wisker.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
x, 189 p. ; 23 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-05:
Ten critical essays (one by a man) discuss the topic within the context of the British university system and provide useful perspectives from teachers and students. Wisker, who is senior lecturer in English at Anglia Polytechnic in Cambridge, explains the aims of the collection as introducing readers to "the range of writing by Black women" and bringing "into the open some of the tensions and difficulties of its publication, and, more centrally, of its reception in the largely white literary establishment. . . ." This recognition of inherent problems in the teaching of black women's writing without an understanding of cultural and historical context also provides helpful suggestions and critical insights not found in most books on black women's literature. Writers discussed include Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Buchi Emecheta, Ntozake Shange, Joan Riley, Grace Nichols, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Bessie Head. There are also notes on contributors, brief chapter endnotes, and a bibliography. The value of this collection is in its depth: we learn to be better readers and teachers from the insights shared. The black British woman's perspective addressed here is both unique and universal in asking for recognition. The writing is accessible and interesting, especially for teachers. D. S. Isaacs; Fordham University
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Table of Contents
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction, Black and White: Voices, Writers and Readersp. 1
'Writing the Body': Reading Joan Riley, Grace Nichols and Ntozake Shangep. 19
Black Women Writing and Readingp. 43
'Long Memoried Women': Caribbean Women Poetsp. 55
'Disremembered and Unaccounted For': Reading Toni Morrison's Beloved and Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiarp. 78
Art, Action and the Ancestors: Alice Walker's Meridian in its Contextp. 96
'Not My People': Toni Morrison and Identityp. 111
Autobiography: The Art of Self-Definitionp. 127
Reading from a Distance: Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoyp. 146
Reconstructing the Past, Shaping the Future: Bessie Head and the Question of Feminism in a New South Africap. 160
Indexp. 188
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