Women's Work

Women's Work

Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels

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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 organizing, dancing, mapping, cooking, and inscribing, Thorsson shows how these writers reclaimed and revised cultural nationalism to hail African America.



Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780813934495
0813934494
9780813934471
0813934478
9780813934488
0813934486
1299468314
9781299468313
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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