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Granny Midwives and Black Women Writers examines the lives of real granny midwives and other healers--through oral narratives, ethnographic research and documentation--and considers them in tandem with their fictional counterparts in the work of Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker and others.
|Introduction: Sistah Conjurer: Text and Context||1|
|1||Western Science and Folk Medicine: White Men's Forceps and Black Women's Forces||23|
|2||Literary Recovery of the Granny: The Body, the Mind, the Material||51|
|3||God and the Grannies: Testifying Theory||79|
|4||Women Who Work Magic: Literary and Cultural Icons - Song of Solomon||101|
|5||Conjure Discourse in Conjuring Communities: Mama Day and Fieldwork in Paradise||129|