Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist

Paperback | September 1, 1988

byHazel V. Carby

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A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women's fiction, andreassessing the uses of fiction in American culture. Carby revises the history of the period of Jim Crow and Booker T. Washington, depicting a time of intense cultural and political activity by such black women writers as Ida B. Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and PaulineHopkins.

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Reconstructing Womanhood explores the ways in which black women writers represented the prevailing ideological debates of their times.

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A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women's fiction, andreassessing the uses of fiction in American cultu...

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Reconstructing Womanhood explores the ways in which black women writers represented the prevailing ideological debates of their times.

Hazel V. Carby is at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.31 × 0.75 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195060717

ISBN - 13:9780195060713

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Reconstructing Womanhood explores the ways in which black women writers represented the prevailing ideological debates of their times.

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"Carby's valuable scholarly study breaks new ground in black feminist criticism....Enriches our understanding of and appreciation for black women writers at the same time as it forces feminist literary criticism to stretch beyond a white 'norm.'"--New Directions for Women