Sunday, September 9, 2012
The Black Woman edited by Toni Cade
At one point at least, Toni Cade Bambara was known as Toni Cade. I was unaware of that slight difference until I came across this early edition of The Black Woman (1970) an anthology that contained different genres of writing by black women, including Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Paule Marshall, and Alice Walker.
1970 was a defining year for the publication of works by African American writers. That year alone saw the publication of major books by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Bambara's book contributed to the powerful, field-shaping African American literary works published during the time period.
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That book was part of my home throughout my high school years because my momma had a copy of it. Never would I have guessed that it would be such a significant component of my research, framing my forthcoming book about Bambara's fiction. The sister with the afro would stare at me and I would stare back. Thank you for the post Howard.
The Black Woman is an essential text for those interested in understanding Bambara's fiction. At least that is what I argue in my forthcoming Bambara study.
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