Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist / Edition 1

Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist / Edition 1

by Hazel V. Carby
     
 

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, and reassessing the uses of fiction in American culture. Carby revises the history

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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, and reassessing 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 Pauline Hopkins.

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ISBN-13:
9780195060713
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,174,661
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

1"Woman's Era": Rethinking Black Feminist Theory3
2Slave and Mistress: Ideologies of Womanhood under Slavery20
3"Hear My Voice, Ye Careless Daughters": Narratives of Slave and Free Women before Emancipation40
4"Of Lasting Service for the Race": The Work of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper62
5"In the Quiet, Undisputed Dignity of My Womanhood": Black Feminist Thought after Emancipation95
6"Of What Use Is Fiction?": Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins121
7"All the Fire and Romance": The Magazine Fiction of Pauline Hopkins145
8The Quicksands of Representation: Rethinking Black Cultural Politics163
Notes177
Bibliography of Texts by Black Women Authors199
General Bibliography205
Index217

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