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No crystal stair : visions of race and gender in Black women's fiction

Author: Gloria Jean Wade Gayles
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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"In this revised edition, Gloria Wade-Gayles analyzes selected novels by such writers as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Dorothy West, and Gayl Jones to offer a fresh vision of the roles - and burdens - of black women in contemporary culture." "Contending that black women are "twice burdened" and "doubly invisible" because of their race and gender. Wade-Gayles pulls us into the lives of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Gayles, Gloria Jean Wade.
No crystal stair.
Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, 1997
(OCoLC)606140434
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gloria Jean Wade Gayles
ISBN: 0829811516 9780829811513
OCLC Number: 35750504
Description: xxxiii, 251 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction to the First Edition / Beverly Guy-Sheftall --
Personal Response / Zillah Eisenstein --
1. Narrow Space of Race, the Dark Enclosure of Sex: The Case for This Book --
2. Historical Overview: Black Women in White America, 1946-1976 --
3. Halo and the Hardships: Black Women as Mothers and Sometimes as Wives --
4. "Going Nowhere Immediate": Black Women of Hopelessness --
5. "Journeying from Can't to Can" and Sometimes Back to "Can't": Black Women of Challenge and Contradiction --
6. Giving Birth to Self: The Quests for Wholeness of Sula Mae Peace and Meridian Hill --
7. Space and the Enclosure: The Collective Vision of Black Women --
Afterword / Alton Hornsby, Jr.
Responsibility: Gloria Wade-Gayles.

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"In this revised edition, Gloria Wade-Gayles analyzes selected novels by such writers as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Dorothy West, and Gayl Jones to offer a fresh vision of the roles - and burdens - of black women in contemporary culture." "Contending that black women are "twice burdened" and "doubly invisible" because of their race and gender. Wade-Gayles pulls us into the lives of these fascinating characters to reveal black women as they really are - struggling against isolation, alienation, loneliness, and victimization, all the while seeking wider horizons for their people and space for themselves as persons with aspirations and dreams." "No Crystal Stair is a celebration of black women writers and their collective vision of the human condition."--Jacket.

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