Black Literary and Feminist Criticism

Boyce Davies, C., 1994. Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject. London: Routledge.

A captivating exploration of cultural crossings, identity and writing by women of colour.

Christian, B., 1985. Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition 1892-1976. Connecticut: Greenwood Press.

Describes the origins and development of the tradition of black women writers. Christian traces the development of stereotypical images imposed on the genre and how this impacts on women writers.

Christian, B., 1980. Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. New York: Pergamon Press.

A collection of essays that explores images of black women in literature and themes such as community, class, history and lesbianism. Includes discussion of work on Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gwendolyne Brooks, Frances Harper, Audre Lorde and Ntozake Shange.

Evans, M. ed., 1984. Black Women Writers 1950 – 1980: A Critical Evaluation. New York: Anchor Books.

A useful volume of criticisms, comprising analysis and examination of critical developments, writers and biographical histories.

Gates, H. L., 1984. Black literature and literary tradition. New York: Metheun, Inc.

This collection of essays brings together discussions on black writing, Western literature and contemporary theory. A key feature on many bibliographies!

Gourdine, A. K. M., 2006. “Caribbean Tabula Rasa: Textual Touristing as Carnival in Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Writing”. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 20, pp. 80 – 96.

A social critique of tourists, traveler behaviour and travelor performance as presented by Jamacia Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat and Michelle Cliff.

Mitchell, A., 2002. The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery and Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction. London: Rutger’s University Press.

An insightful study focusing on literary visions of slavery in contemporary black women’s fiction. This book explores a range of themes including the importance of history, the family, freedom and emancipation.

Nfah-Abbenyi, J.M., 1997. Gender in African Women’s Writing. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

An original exploration of gender in fiction by sub-Saharan women writers. This text includes a useful examination of their appropriation and critique of western feminist and post-colonial theories.

Russell, S., 1990. Render Me My Song: African-American Women Writers from Slavery to the Present. London: Pandora Press.

A range of poetry, prose, essays and critiques of African-American women’s writing. This text is an excellent introductory book for students new to reading this field.

Stratton, F., 1994. Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender. London: Routledge.

An exploration of the influences of patriarchy and gender on the development of contemporary African literature. This text includes analysis of African writers including as Grace Ogot, Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emecheta.

Wisker, G. ed., 1993. Black Women’s Writing. Hampshire: Macmillan Press.

An introduction to a range of black women’s writing that taps into the tensions and difficulties of the genre and its reception.