Unbought and Unbossed Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation

ISBN-10: 1439911460
ISBN-13: 9781439911464
Edition: 2014
Authors: Trimiko Melancon
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Description: Unbought and Unbossed critically examines the ways black women writers in the 1970s and early 1980s deploy black female characters that transgress racial, gender, and especially sexual boundaries. Trimiko Melancon analyzes literary and cultural  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Unbought and Unbossed critically examines the ways black women writers in the 1970s and early 1980s deploy black female characters that transgress racial, gender, and especially sexual boundaries. Trimiko Melancon analyzes literary and cultural texts, including Toni Morrison’s Sula and Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, in the socio-cultural and historical moments of their production. She shows how representations of black women in the American literary and cultural imagination diverge from stereotypes and constructions of “whiteness,” as well as constructions of female identity imposed by black nationalism.Drawing from black feminist and critical race theories, historical discourses on gender and sexuality, and literary criticism, Melancon explores the variety and complexity of black female identity. She illuminates how authors including Ann Allen Shockley, Alice Walker, and Gayl Jones engage issues of desire, intimacy, and independence to shed light on a more complex black identity, one ungoverned by rigid politics over-determined by race, gender and sexuality.

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