Sunday, September 30, 2012

The back cover of The Black Woman

I have long been fascinated by how black arts texts linked the activities of writers with larger social and cultural movements taking place during the 1960s and 1970s. The back cover of Toni Cade Bambara's anthology The Black Woman (1970) serves as useful example. First "Two Kinds of Revolution" is displayed in bold letters toward the top, and the statement goes on to note
Today America is witnessing two great human revolutions. One is that of burgeoning Black pride and militancy. The other is the rising demand by women for liberation from their chattel-like roles in a male-dominated society. This volume presents the eloquent writings of those vitally involved in both--Black women, speaking of themselves and for themselves.
The assertion that the contributors' works represent at least two revolutions includes how readers might approach the book, reading the literary art as something beyond simply literary art.

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