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Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature - American Literatures Initiative (Hardback)
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Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature - American Literatures Initiative (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 13/05/2014
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In Writing through Jane Crow, Ayesha Hardison examines African American literature and its representation of black women during the pivotal but frequently overlooked decades of the 1940s and 1950s. At the height of Jim Crow racial segregation-a time of transition between the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts movement and between World War II and the modern civil rights movement-black writers also addressed the effects of ""Jane Crow,"" the interconnected racial, gender, and sexual oppression that black women experienced. Hardison maps the contours of this literary moment with the understudied works of well-known writers like Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, and Richard Wright as well as the writings of neglected figures like Curtis Lucas, Pauli Murray, and Era Bell Thompson.

By shifting her focus from the canonical works of male writers who dominated the period, the author recovers the work of black women writers. Hardison shows how their texts anticipated the renaissance of black women's writing in later decades and initiates new conversations on the representation of women in texts by black male writers. She draws on a rich collection of memoirs, music, etiquette guides, and comics to further reveal the texture and tensions of the era.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813935928
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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Each chapter positions relevant texts within a historical and cultural framework but also develops intertextual connections to fellow writers. The result is a richer, more complex understanding of this period's literary landscape that includes not only its overt racism but also its often-overlooked gendered and sexual dynamics....Higly recommended.

--Choice

Ayesha Hardison's book is ambitious, interdisciplinary, and masterfully crafted. It will productively and substantially move the scholarly conversation in social realism, mid-twentieth-century American arts and letters, and African American women's literary history. Hardison skillfully balances close readings of texts with consideration of broader social and historical contexts that enrich her analysis.

--Stacy Morgan, University of Alabama, author of Rethinking Social Realism: African American Art and Literature, 1930-1953

The book is well worth reading by anyone interested in race literature and gender and American society in general.

--Hope Leman

Writing through Jane Crow widens the scope of exploration of early- to midtwentieth-century African American writers, heretofore overshadowed by those of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. [Hardison] invites readers to consider just how thewriters moved forward, unwilling to stop in case they got stuck in the mire of racial segregation and gender bias.

--Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

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