Organized into two parts, "Literary Theory" and "Social and Political Theory," this Reader explores issues of community, identity, justice, and the marginalization of African American and Caribbean women in literature, society, and political movements.
This collection is certain to become another essential text in the field of women's studies, replacing sociologist Patricia Hill Collins's Black Feminist Thought (Routledge, 1990) as the primary black women's studies text. The editors have gathered ten highly anthologized essays form the last 25 years by black feminist literary, social, and political theorists, as well as three landmark documents from the black feminist movement. Essayists include bell hooks, Angela Davis, and Toni Morrison, as well as writers less well known outside the academy. Unfortunately, there are no essays on the arts and popular culture, and no black feminist lesbian voices are represented. Although this anthology will be sought after and read both inside and outside academe, Beverly Guy-Sheftall's thick Words of Fire (New Pr., 1995) is still the most comprehensive collection of black feminist thought, with writings from the early 1800s to the 1980s. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Sherri Barnes, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara