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Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write about Race
     

Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write about Race

by Marita Golden (Editor), Susan Richards Shreve (Editor)
 
This extraordinary anthology focuses on race from the point of view of women. It captures the sound, the shape, & the boundaries of the contemporary relationships between black & white women. The roster of authors who have contributed to this volume is truly exceptional & includes: Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Mary Morris, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Susan

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This extraordinary anthology focuses on race from the point of view of women. It captures the sound, the shape, & the boundaries of the contemporary relationships between black & white women. The roster of authors who have contributed to this volume is truly exceptional & includes: Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Mary Morris, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Susan Straight, Jewelle Gomez, & others. It covers the wide spectrum of the female experience as it relates to race, exploring matters of identity, child rearing, friendship, & the unity & competition between black & white womens struggles for equality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Featuring writers ranging from Joyce Carol Oates to Alice Walker, this collection draws on both fiction and nonfiction to explore racial issues between black and white women. (Aug.)
Mary Carroll
Girlfriend, you "don't" want to miss the pungent, probing questions and answers in this fascinating, timely volume. Four of "Skin Deep"'s 20 pieces have previously appeared elsewhere: Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path," Alice Walker's "The Revenge of Hannah Kemhuff," Toni Morrison's "Recitatif," and Joyce Carol Oates' "Negative." Like these more famous writers, the authors of the collection's "new" material--Lisa Page, Naomi Wolff, Retha Powers, Beverly Lowry, Patricia Browning Griffith, Mary Morris, Jewelle Gomez, Ann Filemyr, Susan Straight, Catherine Clinton, Dorothy Gilliam, bell hooks, social workers Cathleen Gray and Shirley Bryant, and both editors--are brave, disconcerting, moving, funny, and challenging as they struggle to gaze squarely at the ways American women have penetrated--and failed to penetrate--the multifarious barriers of race. This is scary territory: a landscape littered with betrayals and failures of understanding, but illuminated by precious victories and by the editors' hope that we can "both see and see beyond race," that if we "address our differences . . . [now], the issue of race in our children's generation will be, in fact, skin deep."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788151866
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
309

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