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Words of Witness : Black Women's Autobiography in the Post-brown Era (Paperback) (Angela A. Ards)

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A literary and political genealogy of the last half-century, Words of Witness explores black feminist autobiographical narratives in the context of activism and history since the landmark 1954 segregation case,Brown vs. the Board of Education. Angela A. Ards examines how activist writers, especially five whose memoirs were published in the 1990s and 2000s, crafted these life stories to engage and shape progressive, post-Brown politics.Exploring works by the critically acclaimed June Jordan and Edwidge Danticat, as well as by popular and emerging authors such as Melba Beals, Rosemary Bray, and Eisa Davis, Ards demonstrates how each text asserts countermemories to official—and often nostalgic—understandings of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. She situates each writer as activist-citizen, adopting and re-making particular roles—warrior, “the least of these,” immigrant, hip-hop head—to crystallize a range of black feminist responses to urgent but unresolved political issues.
A literary and political genealogy of the last half-century, Words of Witness explores black feminist autobiographical narratives in the context of activism and history since the landmark 1954 segregation case,Brown vs. the Board of Education. Angela A. Ards examines how activist writers, especially five whose memoirs were published in the 1990s and 2000s, crafted these life stories to engage and shape progressive, post-Brown politics.
Exploring works by the critically acclaimed June Jordan and Edwidge Danticat, as well as by popular and emerging authors such as Melba Beals, Rosemary Bray, and Eisa Davis, Ards demonstrates how each text asserts countermemories to official?and often nostalgic?understandings of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. She situates each writer as activist-citizen, adopting and re-making particular roles?warrior, ?the least of these,? immigrant, hip-hop head?to crystallize a range of black feminist responses to urgent but unresolved political issues.
Number of Pages: 230
Genre: Literary Criticism, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Women
Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Angela A. Ards
Language: English
Street Date: January 12, 2016
TCIN: 23998660
UPC: 9780299305048
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7586
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