Black Women’s Writing Revisited

Black Women’s Writing Revisited: Womanism, Black Consciousness, and Postcolonial Connections
Special issue of “gender forum” – Guest ed. Sabine Broeck, University of Bremen

The special issue means to address a number of literary, essayistic and
political texts by influential black women writers such as Audre Lorde,
Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Christian, Hortense Spiller, Sylvia Wynter, Ntozake Shange, and Michelle Cliff. After a short heyday of public attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s, these writers have disappeared into teaching canons of “African-American Literature,” Multicultural USA, or Writing and Gender in the US, or – outside the US of the only occasionally taught Black Studies seminar. Over the last years, they have not received the critical attention necessary to mediate the brilliancy of their aesthetic and epistemological cultural-political interventions into the scene of feminism and gender studies, the black movement, multiculturalism, and postcolonial debates to generations of scholars who did not immediately witness their immense bestseller popularity. Our special issue will answer to this need for reconsideration. Moreover, there are many recent, and younger, writers and thinkers (for example, Kesho Yvonne Scott, Tina McElroy, Olympia Vernon, Bebe Moore Campbell, Jewelle Gomez, Elisabeth Alexander, Michelle Wright) whose work can be addressed as being in dialogue with, and yet transcending, the work of those earlier writers in terms of their aesthetics, as well as of the issues they raise.

We welcome single author studies, comparative approaches, and
theoretical contributions, as well as reviews of recent publications on
this issue.

Abstracts and completed manuscripts should be submitted via email to
broeck@uni-bremen.de. The deadline for abstracts is June 15th, 2007.
Completed articles must be received by September 14th, 2007.

Articles and reviews should conform to the “gender forum” style sheet
(available for download at http://www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de/stylesheet.pdf). Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length; reviews should be limited to approximately 1,500 words. Please include a bio-blurb of 5-10 lines and an abstract of 10-15 lines. Use endnotes and fully documented references at the end of the article. For further information, visit our homepage at http://www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de or contact us via email.

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