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On Freedom And The Will To Adorn: The Art Of The African American Essay
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Although they have written in various genres, African American writers as notable and diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker have done their most influential work in the essay form. The Souls of Black Folk , The Fire Next Time , and In…
The Harlem Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction
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|June 22, 2016

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The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural awakening among African Americans between the two world wars. It was the cultural phase of the "New Negro" movement, a social and political phenomenon that promoted a proud racial identity, economic independence, and…
Black Feminist Literary Criticism: Past and Present - With an Introduction by Cheryl A. Wall
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Since its inception, black feminist literary criticism has produced a number of sophisticated theoretical works that have challenged traditional approaches to (black) literature. This collection of essays explores past and current productions of black feminist…
Worrying The Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, And Literary Tradition
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For blues musicians, "worrying the line" is the technique of breaking up a phrase by changing pitch, adding a shout, or repeating words in order to emphasize, clarify, or subvert a moment in a song. Cheryl A. Wall applies this term to fiction and nonfiction…
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook
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The rediscovery of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, first published in 1937 but subsequently out-of-print for decades, marks one of the most dramatic chapters in African-American literature and Women's Studies. Its popularity owes much to the…
sweat: Written by Zora Neale Hurston
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|March 1, 1997

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Now frequently anthologized, Zora Neale Hurston's short story "Sweat" was first published in Firell, a legendary literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, whose sole issue appeared in November 1926. Among contributions by Gwendolyn Bennett, Countee Cullen,…
Women of the Harlem Renaissance
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|September 22, 1995

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"Wall's writing is lively and exuberant. She passes her enthusiasm for these writers' works on to the reader. She captures the mood of the times and follows through with the writers' evolution-sometimes to success, other times to isolation. . . . Women of the…
Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara
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In Savoring the Salt , a host of poets, scholars, writers, political activists and filmmakers recall Toni Cade Bambara, a woman whose voice and vision played a vital role in shaping African American culture in the last quarter of the twentieth century.