The Sisterhood : how a network of Black women writers changed American culture
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New York : Columbia University Press, [2023].
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9780231204729
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vi, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Published
New York : Columbia University Press, [2023].
Format
Book
Language
English
ISBN
9780231204729

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-268) and index.
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"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.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Thorsson, C. (2023). The Sisterhood: how a network of Black women writers changed American culture . Columbia University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Thorsson, Courtney, 1978-. 2023. The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture. Columbia University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Thorsson, Courtney, 1978-. The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture Columbia University Press, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Thorsson, Courtney. The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture Columbia University Press, 2023.

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