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Nikki Giovanni

Author: Virginia C Fowler
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1992.
Series: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 613.
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Nikki Giovanni began to write poetry in the 1960s when she was associated with the radical Black Arts Movement. She has since won a large popular following of a kind rarely achieved by poets in American society. Many ordinary people read, memorize, and recite her work, and her public readings are invariably well attended. Indeed, Giovanni's popular success has perhaps caused academic critics to underestimate the  Read more...
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Fowler, Virginia C., 1948-
Nikki Giovanni.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992
(OCoLC)623053752
Named Person: Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia C Fowler
ISBN: 0805739831 9780805739831
OCLC Number: 25873599
Description: xvi, 192 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. An Introduction to the Life of Nikki Giovanni --
Ch. 2. The Early Volumes --
Ch. 3. Defying Categories: My House and The Women and the Men --
Ch. 4. Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day --
Ch. 5. Those Who Ride The Night Winds --
Ch. 6. The Connecting Voice of Poetry --
Appendix: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni.
Series Title: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 613.
Responsibility: Virginia C. Fowler.
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Nikki Giovanni began to write poetry in the 1960s when she was associated with the radical Black Arts Movement. She has since won a large popular following of a kind rarely achieved by poets in American society. Many ordinary people read, memorize, and recite her work, and her public readings are invariably well attended. Indeed, Giovanni's popular success has perhaps caused academic critics to underestimate the depth and breadth of her work. A strong-minded and independent woman, Giovanni has always resisted pigeon-holing, whether by literary critics or political ideologues. In this study, Virginia C. Fowler provides a ground-breaking survey and interpretation of Giovanni's work, thus filling a significant gap in contemporary literary studies. Fowler's close readings of Giovanni's work elucidate the orality of her poetry and the often subtle ways in which the poet has been influenced by spirituals, the blues, and jazz. In addition, the social, political, and biographical contexts that helped to shape Giovanni's poetry are sensitively delineated, as are the gender issues and personal concerns that became especially important in her verse of the 1970s. Giovanni's formal experimentation also receives its first extended treatment here. In the end, Giovanni is shown to be a poet of universal appeal, whose work reaches past barriers of race, class, and gender to touch the common humanity of her many readers while remaining deeply rooted in the rich tradition of African-American literature. This study will be valuable to all students of contemporary literature and especially to those interested in the contribution of women of color to our cultural life. An especially notable feature of thisvolume is a candid interview with Giovanni, in which the poet discusses her life, work, and contemporaries.

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