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Author Benjamin, Shanna Greene, author.

Title Half in shadow : the life and legacy of Nellie Y. McKay / Shanna Greene Benjamin.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2021]


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 259 pages) : illustrations
data file rda
nat Americans lcdgt
eth African Americans lcdgt
gdr Women lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Strategies, not truths -- 2. Some very vital missing thing -- 3. When and where I enter -- 4. Crepuscule with Nellie.
Summary "Nellie Y. McKay (1930-2006) was a pivotal figure in contemporary American letters. The author of several books, McKay is best known for coediting the canon-making Norton Anthology of African American Literature with Henry Louis Gates Jr., which helped secure a place for the scholarly study of Black writing that had been ignored by white academia. However, there is more to McKay's life and legacy than her literary scholarship. After her passing, new details about McKay's life emerged, surprising everyone who knew her. Why did McKay choose to hide so many details of her past? Shanna Greene Benjamin examines McKay's path through the professoriate to learn about the strategies, sacrifices, and successes of contemporary Black women in the American academy. Benjamin shows that McKay's secrecy was a necessary tactic that a Black, working-class woman had to employ to succeed in the white-dominated space of the American English department. Using extensive archives and personal correspondence, Benjamin brings together McKay's private life and public work to expand how we think about Black literary history and the place of Black women in American culture."-- Provided by publisher.
Biography Shanna Greene Benjamin is an independent scholar living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Subject McKay, Nellie Y.
McKay, Nellie Y. (OCoLC)fst00118021
African American women college teachers -- Biography.
African American women scholars -- Biography.
Women's studies -- United States -- History.
African American women college teachers. (OCoLC)fst00799485
African American women scholars. (OCoLC)fst01746359
Women's studies. (OCoLC)fst01178850
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Benjamin, Shanna Greene. Half in shadow. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2021] 9781469661889 (DLC) 2020042509 (OCoLC)1196042102
ISBN 9781469661902 electronic book
146966190X electronic book
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