New Black Feminist Criticism, 1985-2000

Author: Barbara Christian
A passionate and celebrated pioneer in her own words
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Publication Date: October 2007
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"For me, doing black feminist criticism involved a literary activism that went beyond the halls of academe, not because I had so legislated but because in practice that is what it often, happily, had to be."--Barbara Christian, from "But What Do We Think We're Doing Anyway?"

New Black Feminist Criticism, 1985-2000 collects a selection of essays and reviews from Barbara Christian, one of the founding voices in black feminist literary criticism. Touching on her roles as a scholar, teacher, feminist, intellectual, and university activist, this extensive collection of Christian's work demonstrates the wide-ranging scholarship of a passionate and celebrated pioneer. These memorable pieces, which were published between the release of her second landmark book, Black Feminist Criticism, and her death, include evaluations of black feminist criticism as a discipline; reflections on black feminism in the academy; eloquent reviews; and essays on Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, and others.

About the Author

Barbara Christian (1943-2000) was an acclaimed professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, 1892-1976 and Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. Gloria Bowles was the founding coordinator of women's studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the coeditor of Theories of Women's Studies and author of Louise Bogan's Aesthetic of Limitation. M. Giulia Fabi is an associate professor of American literature at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and the author of Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel. Arlene R. Keizer is an associate professor of English, American studies, and Africana studies at Brown University and the author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery.