Black Women As Cultural Readers

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Columbia University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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A pathbreaking study of African-American women's responses to literature and film. . . . Bobo focuses on a small group of middle-class African-American women as they process literature (by Terry McMillan, Alice Walker) that addresses their own experiences. . . . This work should command the attention of all scholars of American popular culture. -- Choice

How do black women react as an audience to representations of themselves, and how do their patterns of consumption differ from other groups? Interviews with ordinary black women from many backgrounds uses novels and films to reveal how black female audiences absorb works. -- Midwest Book Review
  

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Jacqueline Bobo is Chair and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is editor of the anthology, Black Feminist Cultural Criticism: Classic Readings (Blackwell Publishers, January 2001) and of Black Women Film and Video Artists (Routledge, 1998).

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