Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and ''Syncre-Nationalism'' in the Nineteenth Century

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $85.83
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 37%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $85.83   
  • New (3) from $85.83   
  • Used (1) from $180.29   


Courting Communities focuses on the writing and oratory of nineteenth-century African-American women whose racial uplift projects troubled the boundaries of race, nation and gender. In particular, it reexamines the politics of gender in nationalist movements and black women's creative response within and against both state and insurgent black nationalist discourses. Courting Communities highlights the ideas and rhetorical strategies of female activists considered to be less important than the prominent male nationalists. Yet their story is significant precisely because it does not fit into the pre-established categories of nationalism and leadership bequeathed to us from the past.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Kathy Glass is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American and American literature. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego. Glass recently published an essay on Anna Julia Cooper in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, and is currently drafting an essay on Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Controversial Collectives: Sojourner Truth's Search for Home 3. Charting a Course for the Middle Class: Maria Stewart's Advice to the Middle Sector 4. Bi-National Connections: Mary Ann Shadd Cary and the Afro-Canadian Community 5. Tending to the Roots: Anna Julia Cooper on Social Labor and Harvest Reaping 6. Inheriting Community, or Educating Iola 7. Conclusion 8. Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    A Sophisticated New Book

    Kathy Glass's 'Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and 'Syncre-Nationalism' in the Nineteenth-Century North,' is a superbly written, thoughtful examination of race, gender, and the human spirit in nineteenth-century America. Glass's clear, incisive prose renders the originality and the importance of her idea of syncre-nationalism all the more accessible. In essence, syncre-nationalism describes certain innovative strategies adopted by black female orators, writers, and activists in nineteenth-century America. Specifically, these great women sought to facilitate the development of non-traditional communities that, ideally, would protect and nurture those out of place in the dominant political and social systems of the time. Glass studies Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Anna Julia Cooper, and Frances E. W. Harper, evaluating the contributions of each woman to the promotion of syncre-nationalist concepts of personal human dignity and socio-political reform. To my mind, 'Courting Communities' introduces a fascinating and valuable thesis to the intellectual conversation on history, racial relations, and womanhood in America, and the work, through the beauty of its language and the humanity of its perspective, promises to repay an initial engagement and subsequent readings alike.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)