Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Hardcover | June 18, 2014

byMae G. Henderson

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Tropes ranging from Houston Baker's "bluesman," to Henry Louis Gates' "signifyin'" to Geneva Smitherman's "talkin' and testifyin'" to bell hooks' "talking back" to Cheryl Wall's "worrying the line" all affirm the power of sonance and sound in the African American literary tradition. Thecollection of essays in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora contributes to this tradition by theorizing the preeminence of voice and narration (and the consequences of their absence) in the literary and cultural performances of black women. Looking to work by such prominent black female authorsas Alice Walker, Sherley Anne Williams, Toni Morrison, Zora Neal Hurston, among many others, Mae G. Henderson provides a deeply felt reflection on race and gender and their effects within the discourse of speaker and listener.

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Tropes ranging from Houston Baker's "bluesman," to Henry Louis Gates' "signifyin'" to Geneva Smitherman's "talkin' and testifyin'" to bell hooks' "talking back" to Cheryl Wall's "worrying the line" all affirm the power of sonance and sound in the African American literary tradition. Thecollection of essays in Speaking in Tongues and Da...

Mae G. Henderson is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is editor of Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (2005), Borders, Boundaries and Frames (1995), and co-editor (with John Blassingame) of the five-volume Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals: An Annotated Index of Letters, 1817-1871 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Revisions and Redefinitions2. (W)Riting The Work and Working the Rites3. Speaking in Tongues: Dialectics, Dialogics, and the Black Woman Writer's Literary Tradition4. Toni Morrison's Beloved: Re-Membering the Body as Historical Text5. The Stories of (O)Dessa: Stories of Complicity and Resistance6. "Seen But Not Heard": A Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing7. Gayl Jones's White Rat: Speaking Silence/Silencing Speech8. State of the Art: Black Feminist Theory9. What It Means to Teach the Other When the Other Is the Self10. Authors and Authorities11. Nella Larsen's Passing: Passing, Performance, and (Post)modernism12. Josephine Baker and La Revue NSgre: From Ethnography to Performance13. Dancing Diaspora: Colonial, Postcolonial, and Diasporic Readings of Josephine Baker as Dancer and Performance Artist14. About Face, or, What Is This "Back" in B(l)ack Popular Culture?: From Venus Hottentot to Video HottieIN RETROSPECT15. Sherley Anne Williams: "Someone Sweet Angel Chile"16. Bebe Moore Campbell: "Literature as Equipment for Living"BibliographyIndex