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Author Bragg, Beauty, 1969- author

Title Reading contemporary African American literature : black women's popular fiction, post-civil rights experience, and the African American canon / Beauty Bragg
Published Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (119 pages)
Contents The reconstructionist canon, Black feminist literary perspectives, and popular potential -- Toni Morrison's tar baby and the problem of classification -- Girlfriend fiction : Black women writers and readers negotiating post-civil rights womanhood -- Feminism and the streets : urban fiction and the quest for female independence in the era of transactional sexuality -- Hip hop tell-all memoirs and modes of self-construction -- Conclusion : from critical practice to classroom practice
Summary "Reading Contemporary African American Literature focuses on the subject of contemporary African American popular fiction by women. Bragg's study addresses why such work should be the subject of scholarly examination, describes the events and attitudes which account for the critical neglect of this body of work, and models a critical approach to such narratives that demonstrates the distinctive ways in which this literature captures the complexities of post-civil rights era black experiences. In making her arguments regarding the value of popular writing, Bragg argues that black women's popular fiction foregrounds gender in ways that are frequently missing from other modes of narrative production. They exhibit a responsiveness and timeliness to the shifting social terrain which is reflected in the rapidly shifting styles and themes which characterize popular fiction. In doing so, they extend the historical function of African American literature by continuing to engage the black body as a symbol of political meaning in the social context of the United States. In popular literature Beauty Bragg locates a space from which black women engage a variety of public discourses"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans in literature.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- African American authors.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women writers
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0739188798 (electronic bk)
9780739188798 (electronic bk)