Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement


A study that highlights the central role African American women writers played in creating the lasting impact and image of the movement
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A study that highlights the central role African American women writers played in creating the lasting impact and image of the movement
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"Phelps opens up new space in the study of African American women's poetry and black feminism. She reconsiders the Chicago Black Arts Movement and its legacies by foregrounding the productive nature of tension as African American women poets move with and push against the flow of the black (male) aesthetic. This long overdue book deepens our understanding of the role of the Black Arts Movement in the formation of post-1960s African American women's literature."--Margo Natalie Crawford, author of Dilution Anxiety and the Black Phallus and co-editor of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement

"Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement fills a gap in contemporary scholarship on the women writers of the Chicago Black Arts Movement. Its discussion of OBAC and of Johari Amini, Carolyn Rogers, and Angela Jackson begins to untangle the complex subtleties of that movement--its paradoxes, its challenges, its achievements, and its legacy. Indeed, it is required reading for scholars interested in contemporary black women's poetry specifically and in the Black Arts Movement more generally." --Dana A. Williams, professor of African American literature at Howard University

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Meet the Author

Carmen L. Phelps is assistant professor of African American literature at the University of Toledo. Her work has appeared in Living the Funk, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the African American Review.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Black Arts Movement: Let Me Count the Ways 3

Chapter 1 Dysfunctional Functionality: Collaboration at Its Best in the Black Arts Era 23

Chapter 2 Women Writing Kinship in Chicago's Black Arts Movement 56

Chapter 3 Mirrors of Deception: Invisible, Untouchable, Beautiful Blackness in Johari Amini's Black Art 76

Chapter 4 Muddying Clear Waters: Carolyn Rodgers's Black Art 95

Chapter 5 Building a Home, Building a Nation: Family in the City and Beyond in Angela Jackson's Black Art 116

Chapter 6 Mixing Metaphors: Spirituality, Environmentalism, and Dystopia in Carolyn Rodgers's and Angela Jackson's Postrace Black Art 146

Conclusion: You Remind Me... "Post-BAM/Soul" Reflections 162

Notes 165

Works Cited 173

Index 183

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