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Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : black women writing and performing

Author: Mae Henderson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Race and American culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The oral tradition has always played an important role in African American literature, ranging from works such as Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God to Toni Morrison's Beloved. These and countless other novels affirm the power of sonance and sound in the African American literary canon. Considering the wide swath of work in this powerful lineage -- in addition to its shared heritage with performance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mae Henderson
ISBN: 9780195116595 0195116593
OCLC Number: 866857453
Description: xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Alice Walker's The color purple: revisions and redefinitions --
(W)riting the work and working the rites: Sherley Anne Williams's "Meditations on History" --
Speaking in tongues: dialectics, dialogics, and the black woman writer's literary tradition --
Toni Morrison's Beloved: re-membering the body as historical text --
The stories of (O)Dessa: stories of complicity and resistance --
"Seen but not heard": a poetics of Afro-American women's writing --
Gayl Jones's White rat: speaking silence/silencing speech --
State of the art: black feminist theory in the 1990s --
What it means to teach the other when the other is the self --
Authors and authorities. Nella Larsen's Passing: passing, performance, and (post)modernism --
Josephine Baker and La revue nègre: from ethnography to performance --
Dancing diaspora: colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic readings of Josephine Baker as dancer and performance artist --
About face, or, what is this "back" in b(l)ack popular culture?: from Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie --
In retrospect. Sherley Anne Williams (1944 - 1999): "someone sweet angel chile" --
Bebe Moore Campbell (1950 - 2006): literature as equipment for living.
Series Title: Race and American culture.
Responsibility: Mae G. Henderson.

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Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora theorizes the preeminence of voice and narration (and the consequences of their absence) in the literary and cultural performances of black women.  Read more...

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