By Sherita L. Johnson

Using the "the Negro challenge" in African American literature as some extent of departure, this e-book specializes in the profound impression that racism had at the literary mind's eye of black americans, particularly these within the South. even if the South has been probably the most enduring websites of feedback in American stories and in American literary historical past, Johnson argues that it really is most unlikely to contemplate what the "South" and what "southernness" suggest as cultural references with no taking a look at how black ladies have contributed to and contested any unified definition of that sector. Johnson demanding situations the homogeneity of a "white" South and southern cultural id via spotting how fictional and ancient black ladies are underacknowledged brokers of cultural switch. Johnson regards the South as a cultural quarter that (re)constructs black womanhood, yet she additionally considers how black womanhood have reworked the South. experts in 19th and 20th century American literature will locate this e-book an important addition, as will students of African American Literature and heritage.

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