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Shaping Memories

Reflections of African American Women Writers

Shaping Memories

Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.

Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a head note summarizing the writer’s career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.

You can read reviews and buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Memories-Reflections-African-American/dp/1604732741

From My People

400 Years of African American Folklore: An Anthology

From My People

A magnificent celebration of — and an essential introduction to — African American life and culture. Folklore displays the heart and soul of a people. African American folklore not only hands down traditions and wisdom through the generations but also tells the history of a people banned from writing and reading during slavery. In this anthology, Daryl Cumber Dance collects a wealth of tales that have survived and been adapted over the years, many featuring characters from African culture. She leaves no genre of folklore out, including everything from proverbs and recipes to folk songs and rumor.

You can read reviews and buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/From-My-People-Anthology-Paperback/dp/0393324974

Honey, Hush!

Honey, Hush!

Daryl Cumber Dance has collected the often hard-hitting, sometimes risqué, always dramatic humor that arises from the depth of black women’s souls and the breadth of their lives. The eloquent wit and laughter of African American women are presented here in all their written and spoken manifestations: autobiographies, novels, essays, poems, speeches, comic routines, proverbial sayings, cartoons, mimeographed sheets, and folk tales. The chapters proceed thematically, covering the church, love, civil rights, motherly advice, and much more.

You can read reviews and buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Hush-Anthology-African-American/dp/0393318184/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398539322&sr=8-1&keywords=Honey%2C+Hush!

 
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