Black People Are My Business: Toni Cade Bambara's Practices of Liberation - African American Life Series (Hardback)Thabiti Lewis (author)
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Divided into five chapters, Lewis's study relies on Bambara's voice (from interviews and essays) to craft a "spiritual wholeness aesthetic"-a set of principles that comes out of her practices of liberation and entail family, faith, feeling, and freedom-that reveals her ability to interweave ethnic identity, politics, and community engagement and responsibility with the impetus of balancing black male and female identity influences and interactions within and outside the community. One key feature of Bambara's work is the concentration on women as cultural workers whereby her notion of spiritual wholeness upends what has become a scholarly distinction between feminism and black nationalism. Bambara's fiction situates her as a pivotal voice within the Black Arts Movement and contemporary African American literature.
Bambara is an understudied and important artistic voice whose aversion to playing it safe both personified and challenged the boundaries of black nationalism and feminism. "Black People Are My Business" is a wonderful addition to any reader's list, especially those interested in African American literary and cultural studies.
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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