Africana womanist literary theory
By placing Africana womanism, an evolutionary Africana paradigm, within a literary context, this book expands the layered meanings of this family-centered, race-based theory and applies them to the works and ideas of renowned international literary figures such as Toni Morrison, Paula Marshall, and Buchi Emecheta. "Clenora Hudson-Weems' work provides a theoretical construct that boldly restores meaning within historical and cultural contexts that are peculiar to the African and African Diaspora woman's experiences. It offers an element historically denied such women: a choice. Moreover, her application of the Africana womanist theory to Black life and literary texts proves to be both accurate and useful as we search for appropriate theories and methodologies for Africana writers." --Adele S. Newson-Horst, Professor of English, Associate Dean, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh "African womanism is a response to the need for collective definition and the re-creationof the authentic agenda that is the birthright of every living person. In order to make this shift to authenticity, Hudson-Weems has called us back to the earliest days of African cultural history. In this antiquity, she has discovered the sources of so much commonality in the African world that there is no question that Africana womanism has a distinct and different approach to relationships than, say, feminism." --Molefi Kente Asante, Professor of African American Studies at Temple University "Hudson-Weems provides an extensive and thorough understanding of concepts, nomo/ self-naming and self-defining. She believes nothing is more important to a people's existence than naming and definingthemselves. It comes as no surprise, then, that the work takes to task those who have ignored
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