By Rita B. Dandridge
Black Women’s Activism is the 1st book-length learn of African American women’s ancient romances. This e-book examines romances written from 1989 to the current, and discusses their black heroines’ resistance at specific moments in history—from the colonization move to the Texas oil growth. Socio-historical views, a womanist time table, and an African-centered outlook tell the readings of woman characters within the narratives of Francine Craft, homosexual G. Gunn, Shirley Hailstock, Beverly Jenkins, and Anita Richmond Bunkley. Broadening the scope of the historic romance style, and increasing the canon of African American literature, this ebook offers a extra entire photograph of the black lady personality and addresses gender matters formerly unexplored in black fiction. this article may be utilized by librarians, historians, literary critics, writers, university- and graduate-level scholars, academics, and romance readers.
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