Shaping Memories

Shaping Memories

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Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers. Editor Joanne Veal Gabbin offers an introduction that places these writers in the context of American literature in general and African American literature in particular. Each essay includes a headnote summarizing the writer's career and aesthetic development. In their pieces these women negotiate educational institutions and societal restrictions and find their voices despite racism, sexism, and religious chauvinism. They offer strong testimony to the power of words to heal, transform, and renew.My favorite class then, unsurprisingly, was English, where my teacher at West Junior High School, Mr. Harris, began each class with an expository essay. I dona#39;t recall exactly whether he gave us topics or the beginning of essays in the form ofa first sentence only, but what I do ... into the joy of expository writing, however, was an element of censorship that came, not from Mr. Harris, but from my mother. ... When, on more than one occasion, we had a€œbreakfast fooda€ for dinner, I noticed .

Title:Shaping Memories
Author:Joanne V. Gabbin
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2009


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