Black Women's Activism: Reading African American Women's Historical Romances

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P. Lang, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 120 pages
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"Black Women's Activism" is the first book-length study of African American women's historical romances. This book examines romances written from 1989 to the present, and discusses their black heroines' resistance at particular moments in history - from the colonization movement to the Texas oil boom. Socio-historical perspectives, a womanist agenda, and an African-centered outlook inform the readings of female characters in the narratives of Francine Craft, Gay G. Gunn, Shirley Hailstock, Beverly Jenkins, and Anita Richmond Bunkley. Broadening the scope of the historical romance genre, and expanding the canon of African American literature, this book provides a more comprehensive image of the black female character and addresses gender issues previously unexplored in black fiction. This text should be used by librarians, historians, literary critics, writers, college- and graduate-level students, teachers, and romance readers.

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The Author: Rita B. Dandridge is Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University, and is the 1998 recipient of the Roy A. Woods Outstanding Teacher Award. She received her Ph.D. in literature at Howard University in Washington, D. C. In addition to publishing in journals, she is the author of Ann Allen Shockley (1987) and Black Women’s Blues: A Literary Anthology (1992).

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