Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

by Joanne Veal Gabbin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1604732741

ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview

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Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.

Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a headnote summarizing the writer's career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604732740
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)

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