African American Literature (Masterplots II) by Tyrone Williams

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The New York Times, September 10, 1991, p. C14. Argues that although Porter writes with the accuracy of a sociologist, she also has a profound sympathy for her characters. Of particular interest is Kakutani’s analysis of the complex feelings Porter’s African Amer- 14 Masterplots II ican characters have about whites, as well as about their own African American neighbors. Krist, Gary. ” The Hudson Review 45 (Spring, 1992): 141-142. ” The New Yorker. Review of All-Bright Court, by Connie Porter.

Ragged Dicks: Masculinity, Steel, and the Rhetoric of the SelfMade Man. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2001. Examination of the self-made-man narrative in American culture; includes discussion of Porter’s work in the context of the genre. Kakutani, Michiko. ” The New York Times, September 10, 1991, p. C14. Argues that although Porter writes with the accuracy of a sociologist, she also has a profound sympathy for her characters. Of particular interest is Kakutani’s analysis of the complex feelings Porter’s African Amer- 14 Masterplots II ican characters have about whites, as well as about their own African American neighbors.

What Hooks calls for is the removal of these negative labels to identify black women and an embracing of critical, honest examinations of black women’s worth, contributions, voices, and thoughts. She continues by uncovering the role that imperialism and capitalism have played in subjugating black women. Emphasized throughout the book is the powerful and debilitating impact that societal assumptions have had upon the formation of African American women’s identity, place, and treatment. Examining the sentiments of Black Nationalists such as Martin Delaney and even Frederick Douglass, Hooks presents the push by black men for distinctive roles for women and men within the Black Nationalist movement.

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