Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood: Essays on Her Prose Works

Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood: Essays on Her Prose Works

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786465866
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2012
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tikenya Foster-Singletary teaches African American literature at Spelman College in Atlanta. Her research interests include country music and she has been a featured speaker on People TV and contributed to The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Her work has also been published in Obsidian and the MAWA Review. Aisha Francis, a Nashville native living in Boston, was recently named one of that city’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders. Her academic interests are African American literature and women’s studies, and she has written for Obsidian, The Encyclopedia of African American Literature, and The Encyclopedia of Black Studies. She is vice president of institutional advancement at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword: These Pages Are My Proof Pearl Cleage 1

Foreword Tayari Jones 3

Introduction 7

Part I Cleage as Novelist

An "Urban Oasis": Pearl Cleage's West End Imaginary Margaret T. McGehee 15

Over the Rainbow: Finding Home in West End Atlanta Rhonda M. Collier 37

Being Neighborly: Performance in Seen It All and Done the Rest Shanna L. Smith 49

What Looks Like New: Narrative Call for Social Change Rashell R. Smith-Spears 63

Critical Thinking Is for Everyone: Social Work as the Praxis of Communal Love in I Wish I Had a Red Dress Aisha Francis 78

An Ode to Black Feminism: Reciprocal Empowerment and Anti-Sexism in I Wish I Had a Red Dress and Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do Monica L. Melton 95

Shattering Silence: Pearl Cleage and Black Female Sexual Empowerment Sandra C. Duvivier 110

Part II Multimedia Cleage: Plays, Essays And The Digital Divide

Teaching Feminist Lessons in Late Bus to Mecca Ama S. Wattley 127

Pearl Cleage as a Dirty Realist Kelly Delong 140

The Blues, Psychosis, and the Black Arts Movement in Bourbon at the Border Ladrica Menson-Furr 146

Social Mediation: Pearl Cleage and the Digital Divide Sheila Smith McKoy 154

In Context: Teaching Pearl Cleage in Southwest Atlanta Tikenya Foster-Singletary 166

Backtalk: Respectability as Repression and Pearl Cleage's Incitement to Discourse Alexia Williams 176

A Conversation with Pearl Cleage Tikenya Foster-Singletary Aisha Francis 182

About the Contributors 203

Index 205

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