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Author Thorsson, Courtney, 1978- author.

Title The Sisterhood : How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture / Courtney Thorsson.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, 2023.


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult New Materials  810.9 THORSSON    DUE 03-06-24 Billed
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  810.9 THORSSON    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - New Materials  910.9896 THORSSON    Check Shelf
Description 296 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "Revolution is not a one-time event" -- "An association of Black Women who are writers/poets/artists" -- "To move the needle in Black women's lives" -- "A community of writers even if they only slap five once a month" -- "a regular profusion of certain / unidentified roses" -- "The function of freedom is to free somebody else" -- "Making use of being used" -- Appendix A: Members of The Sisterhood -- Appendix B: Meetings of The Sisterhood
Summary "On February 6, 1977, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, and several other Black women writers met at June Jordan's Brooklyn apartment. Naming itself "The Sisterhood," the group would meet over the next two years to discuss the future of Black literary feminism, how to promote and publicize their work, and the everyday pressures and challenges of being a Black woman writer. This network of individuals, which would also come to include Audre Lorde, Paule Marshall, Toni Cade Bambara and Margo Jefferson, as well as other Black women, shaped the direction of Black women's writing and Black literary culture in the post-Civil Rights and post-Black Arts Movement era and its reception in popular culture, the literary marketplace, and the academy. Drawing on meeting notes, interviews with participants their writings, and correspondence, Courtney Thorsson's history of "The Sisterhood" recounts the personal, political, and professional bonds and motivations that shaped the group's history and its dissolution. Turning to the group's legacy, she considers the critical and popular success of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison in the 1980s, the uneasy absorption of Black feminism into the academy, and the racist and misogynistic backlash these writers faced and the limits of mainstream success. Though "The Sisterhood" only formally existed for two years, its impact on American literature and culture, as Thorsson demonstrates, has been profound even as it reveals the limitations of its success"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Black authors -- History and criticism.
Women authors, Black -- United States.
Feminism in literature.
Community life -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
American literature. (OCoLC)fst00807113
American literature -- Women authors. (OCoLC)fst00807271
Community life. (OCoLC)fst00871028
Feminism in literature. (OCoLC)fst00922752
Women authors, Black. (OCoLC)fst01177231
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Literary criticism. (OCoLC)fst01986215
Literary criticism.
Other Form: ebook version : 9780231555678
ISBN 9780231204729 (hardback)
0231204728 (hardback)
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