Women's Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels

Women's Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels

By: Courtney Thorsson (author)Hardback

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In Women's Work, Courtney Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. Building on and departing from the Black Arts Movement, the literary fiction of such writers as Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange and Toni Morrison employs a cultural nationalism-practiced by their characters as ""women's work""-that defines a distinct contemporary literary movement, demanding attention to the continued relevance of nation in post-Black Arts writing. Identifying five forms of women's work as organising, dancing, mapping, cooking, and inscribing, Thorsson shows how these writers reclaimed and revised cultural nationalism to hail African America.

About Author

Courtney Thorsson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon, USA.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813934471
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780813934471
  • ISBN10: 0813934478

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