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Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

By Carmen L. Phelps

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index

978-1-61703-680-4 Printed casebinding $25.00S

978-1-61703-681-1 Ebook $55.00

Printed casebinding, $25.00

Ebook 978-1-61703-681-1, $55.00

A study that highlights the central role African American women writers played in creating the lasting impact and image of the movement

A disproportionate number of male writers, including such figures as Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, Maulana Karenga, and Haki Madhubuti, continue to be credited for constructing the iconic and ideological foundations for what would be perpetuated as the Black Arts Movement. Though there has arisen an increasing amount of scholarship that recognizes leading women artists, activists, and leaders of this period, these new perspectives have yet to recognize adequately the ways women aspired to far more than a mere dismantling of male-oriented ideals.

In Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement, Carmen L. Phelps examines the work of several women artists working in Chicago, a key focal point for the energy and production of the movement. Angela Jackson, Johari Amiri, and Carolyn Rodgers reflect in their writing specific cultural, local, and regional insights, and demonstrate the capaciousness of Black Arts Movement rather than its constraints. Expanding from these three writers, Phelps analyzes the breadth of women's writing in BAM. In doing so, Phelps argues that these and other women attained advantageous and unique positions to represent the potential of the BAM aesthetic, even if their experiences and artistic perspectives were informed by both social conventions and constraints. In this book, Phelps's examination brings forward a powerful and crucial contribution to the aesthetics and history of a movement that still inspires.

Carmen L. Phelps, Toledo, Ohio, is associate professor of African American literature and director of graduate studies in English at the University of Toledo. Her work has appeared in Living the Funk, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the African American Review.

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index