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Poetry Violence Women of Colour

Womanslaughter

Womanslaughter Pat Parker Diana Press 1978 From Wikipedia: Parker’s elder sister, Shirley Jones, was shot and killed by her husband. Parker wrote the autobiographical poem, Womanslaughter, based on this event. In the poem, Parker notes that Her things were hisincluding her life. The perpetrator was convicted of “womanslaughter”, not murder, because Men cannot kill their…

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Lesbian Poetry Women of Colour

Movement in Black

Movement in Black Pat Parker Diana Press 1978 Movement In Black is a collection of poetry by Black lesbian feminist Pat Parker. The poems featured in the collection center around Parker’s experiences as a Black woman, lesbian, feminist, mother, writer, poet, and activist.  From Wikipedia: The collection was originally published by Diana Press in 1978.…

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Poetry Women of Colour

The Black Unicorn: Poems

The Black Unicorn: Poems Audre Lorde Norton 1978 Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde’s most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal and revenge, goddesses and warriors, ancient magic and contemporary America. These are fearless assertions of identity, told with incantatory power. I have been womanfor a long…

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Lesbian Women of Colour

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives Barbara Deming Grossman Publishers 1974 Activist-writer Barbara Deming reveals her deeply personal struggles as she confronts the problems of the 1970s: the Vietnam war, racial inequality, the never-ending battle of women against oppression, and her special experience as a lesbian. In 1979, women activists responding to the murders of…

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Fiction Women of Colour

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970 The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue…

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Collection Lesbian Women of Colour

Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography

Black Lesbians: An AnnotatedBibliography J.R. Roberts Naiad Press 1981 An annotated list of writing by and about black lesbians, compiled by J.R. Roberts. The information is categorised by the following themes:… Lives and lifestyles… Oppression, resistance, and liberation… Literature and criticism… Photographs… Music and musicians… Periodicals… Research, reference, and popular studies

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Essays Jewish Women of Colour

Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism

Yours in Struggle: Three FeministPerspectives on Anti-Semitismand Racism Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Prattand Barbara Smith Long Haul Press 1984 Yours in Struggle is a book of essays jointly authored by Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Barbara Smith. It was originally published by Long Haul Press in 1984, and re-issued by Firebrand Books in 1988. From…

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Essays Lesbian Women of Colour

Black Lesbian In White America

Black Lesbian In White America Anita Cornwell Naiad Press 1983 Published in 1983, Black Lesbian in White America is widely noted as the first collection of essays by a black lesbian. Divided into three parts, this book features Anita Cornwell’s own essays, an interview with Audre Lorde, and a collection of autobiographical pieces written in the third…

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Collection Essays Women of Colour

The Black Woman: An Anthology

The Black Woman: An Anthology Toni Cade Bambara Signet 1970 A collection of early, emerging works from some of today’s most celebrated African American female writers. When it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an astonishing new wave of voices that demanded to be heard. In this groundbreaking volume of original essays,…

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History Literature Women of Colour

Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist

Reconstructing Womanhood: TheEmergence of the Afro-AmericanWoman Novelist Hazel V. Carby Oxford University Press 1987 A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women’s…