Specifying: Black Women Writing the American Experience (Paperback)Susan Willis (author)
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The tradition of literary criticism about black women writers has, until now, focused primarily on establishing the existence of these writers and defining the contexts within which they may be appreciated. Willis goes further by looking at the literary ramifications of particular themes that run throughout the works of major writers in this tradition-her most pivotal one being the movement from the past to the future, from girlhood to womanhood. Her approach is different from those of previous works in that she focuses strongly on these writers' literary modes-narrative, metaphor, etc.-and demonstrates how these modes are themselves essential aspects of their ideas as well as their process.
Willis establishes that the novelists she treats are not only historians who document the problems of capitalist industrial society but also visionaries who imagine for their characters alternative modes of work, community, and economy, toward which readers may look as they approach the future.
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm