The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women’s Literature

Encompassing Pulitzer Prize winners Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove, national icons Maya Angelou and Nikki African Giovanni, and prominent cult figures Zora Neale Hurston and Octavia Butler, African American women’s literature is the one of the fastest growing areas of American literature today. This is the first comprehensive anthology of African American women’s literature. This is the only book that covers all historical periods, from the 18th century up through the early years of the 21st century; and all genres: from poems, essays, journal entries, and short stories to novels and black feminist criticism. An exciting and interested reader for anyone who wants a comprehensive package of African-American women’s writings.

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3 Comments

  1. About Time! This book is certainly a first of its kind. The number of authors included in this anthology is unprecedented, covering the literature of slavery all the way to the 21st-century. Substantively, it is very engaging and beautifully produced. I found the map to be very useful, as were the well-crafted bibliographies.

  2. Poor editing There are great pieces of work in this book, but the editors should be ashamed of themselves! I hear that this is only true for the books printed recently, but it is ridiculous! Stories are cut off, things are literally crossed out in ink, it is crazy! I gave it a 3 because the poems, plays, etc. inside the book are excellent, but the editing makes me sure that I’ll be returning this book at the end of the semester.

  3. typical book Typical school book for class, but also has intresting stories to read. Many stories about women happy with slavery and also upset. Wasnt that bad of a school must read book.

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