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Title Sapphire's literary breakthrough : erotic literacies, feminist pedagogies, environmental justice perspectives / edited by Elizabeth McNeil, Neal A. Lester, DoVeanna S. Fulton, and Lynette D. Myles
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 264 pages)
Contents Introduction: PUSHing boundaries, PUSHing art / Elizabeth McNeil, Neal A. Lester, DoVeanna S. Fulton, and Lynette D. Myles -- 2. Sapphire's PUSH: locating safe sties for writing and personal transformation / Lynette D. Myles -- 2. "Bombs cost more than welfare": rethinking "responsibility" in Sapphire's PUSH / Toni Fellela -- 3. Multiple oppressions, "multiple consciousness," and the spirit of Harriet Tubman in Sapphire's PUSH / Barba McCaskill -- 4. "Spiky green life": environmental, food, and sexual justice themes in Sapphire's PUSH / Joni Adamson -- 5. Un-"freak"ing black female self" grotesque-erotic agency and ecofeminist unity in Sapphire's PUSH / Elizabeth McNeil -- 6. Sapphire's PUSH for erotic literacy and black girl sexual agency / L.H. Stallings -- 7. Awakening to self-love in PUSH: understanding the significance of Sapphire's Harlem / Wilfred D. Samuels -- 8. Looking for "the alternative[s]": locating Sapphire's PUSH in African American literary tradition through literacy and orality / DoVeanna S. Fulton -- 9. Deconstructing the "pedagogy of abuse": teaching child sexual abuse narratives / Elizabeth McNeil -- 10. "Rock the motherfucking house": guiding a study of Sapphire's PUSH / Neal A. Lester -- 11. Why does Precious have to lighten up or shuffle? teaching with Lee Daniels's "adaptation" / Christopher Burrell and James Wermers -- 12. PUSHing to Precious: a compilation and annotation of works by and about Sapphire / Eric Parks
Summary This thoughtful collection explores the writing of provocative poet, author, and performance artist Sapphire. Like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other important writers, Sapphire challenges narratives that limit human imagination and possibility. PUSH, and its award-winning film adaptation Precious, have sparked national debate about the intentions and responsibilities of black literature and cinema. Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough enlists new and established scholarly voices to elucidate Sapphire's social justice concerns and to locate her contributions within larger African American literary traditions and cultural landscapes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Sapphire, 1950- -- Criticism and interpretation.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Fulton, DoVeanna S., 1967-
Lester, Neal A.
McNeil, Elizabeth.
Myles, Lynette D.
ISBN 1137330864 (electronic bk.)
9781137330864 (electronic bk.)