Brown (Texas A&M Univ.) reacts to the idea that 'African American writers have become increasingly more concerned about how they are received by blacks than whites.' She does so in the context of the backlash against African American women who have been accused of presenting only negative images of African American men. Citing literature that ranges from slave narratives to contemporary work, the author debates the presence of seemingly radical ideas such as double-consciousness, multiple-consciousness, decolonization, oppression, and sexism in African American women's works and the reactions to that literature. In defending her argument, she cites Alice Walker, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Toni Cade Bambara, and other noted African American women. Issues of female empowerment in the public sphere and audience are central to each of the book's five parts. This title appears in the 'Blacks in the Diaspora' series, which includes a number of titles that would work nicely with it, notable among them
Jerry Bryant's 'Born in a Mighty Bad Land': The Violent Man in African American Folklore and Fiction (CH, Oct'03, 41-0770). Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --ChoiceT. L. Stowell, Adrian College, July 2011
"Kimberly Brown's sweeping critical attention to the crucial, body-political texts of academically unappreciated marvels such as Jayne Cortez and Toni Cade Bambara could not be more welcome. This uncowed return to the thematics of decolonization is vital-what Black Studies and Black worlds need now more than ever with the world at large." -Greg Thomas, author of The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power and Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh
"Displays a richness and depth seldom seen in literary criticism these days." -Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Indiana University Bloomington
"The revolutionary divas in these works represent a response to the 'black woman as victim' argument that informs so much discussion of black women's subjectivity. [These] women writers emerge from the black folk experience not just as its representatives, but as an embodiment of its potential." -Alice A. Deck, University of Illinois
"Brown's work is one of the most thorough studies and critiques of black women's writing to date." -H-1960s, September, 2011
"Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva is a lovely book. Brown manages to reinvigorate common notions like wellness, healing, recovery, and pain with the kind of critical rigor that makes them useful in cultural studies but refuses to burden them with unnecessary complexity.... Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva and its ideas will be instructive for a very long time to come.
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