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Rutgers University Press, 1994 - Fiction - 229 pages
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The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women's lives and writings. This edition features an updated list of contributor biographies and an all-new preface that provides a fresh assessment of how Black women's lives have changed-or not-since the book was first published.

Contributors are Tania Abdulahad, Donna Allegra, Barbara A. Banks, Becky Birtha, Julie Carter, Cenen, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Cliff, Michelle T. Clinton, Willie M. Coleman, Toi Derricotte, Alexis De Veaux, Jewelle L. Gomez, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Patricia Jones, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Raymina Y. Mays, Deidre McCalla, Chirlane McCray, Pat Parker, Linda C. Powell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Spring Redd, Gwendolyn Rogers, Kate Rushin, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Shirley O. Steele, Luisah Teish, Jameelah Waheed, Alice Walker, and Renita Weems.

 

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Contents

Q Introduction
3
Chronology
19
In Search of Our Mothers Gardens
39
For My Sister Molly Who in the Fifties
51
An Essay on Alice Walker
85
Alice Walkers Celebration of Self
105
The Black Woman Artist as Wayward
123
Quilts and Community in Alice Walkers
149
Quilting Aesthetics
167
Common Threads
195
Selected Bibliography
225
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Barbara T. Christian is a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Alice Walker and "The Color Purple"; Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers; and Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition 1892-1976.

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