Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora: History, Language, and Identity
- List Price: $175.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Garland Publishing
- Publish date: 12/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780815327349
- ISBN10: 081532734X
Comprising innovative collections of original articles as well as book-length monographs, Crosscurrents in African American History offers students, scholars, and general readers an up-to-date survey of the state of the field. The volumes will reflect contemporary and innovative methodologies, with the work of younger researchers well represented.
Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, and Mary Prince represent the best of African American women writers who draw on the tortuous legacy of their people as a source for their art, revealing and defining themselves as they create compelling narratives that illuminate their roots, their heritage, and their unique culture. The themes that suffuse their writing are family, community, strong women, cultural memory, oral history, and slavery. By analyzing the works of these four remarkable writers, the study shows how today's black woman can take control of her destiny by coming to grips with an obscured and distorted past. These original essays articulate the way in which historical awareness, sensitivity to language, and an understanding of stereotypes can empower enduring artistic visions in a world that is largely indifferent to marginal voices.