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Collection Essays Literature Women of Colour

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writingfrom Africa, the Caribbeanand South Asia Shusheila Nasta The Women’s Press 1991 This collection of essays demonstrates the links in women’s creative works from different global areas, specifically as demonstrated in their attempts to discover new forms and languages to express women’s experiences in patriarchal societies and to subvert continuing traditional, colonial,…

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Fiction Women of Colour

The Unbelonging

The Unbelonging Joan Riley The Women’s Press 1985 The Unbelonging is a moving story of self-discovery and survival. It tells of an 11 year old girl, who finds herself in a land of strangers with hers the only black face in a sea of white, after being summoned to Britain by the father she has…

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Collection Colonialism Essays Women of Colour

Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain

Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain Rhonda Cobham and Merle Collins The Women’s Press 1987 This book is an anthology of some of the most exciting work being written and performed by Black women in Britain. Poems and short stories by African and Asian women, the collection casts an incisive eye…

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Fiction Women of Colour

The Gilda Stories

The Gilda Stories Jewelle Gomez Firebrand Books 1991 From Wikipedia: The Gilda Stories is the debut novel of American author and activist Jewelle Gomez. Published in 1991, this speculative fiction vampire novel follows the experiences of a black bisexual heroine whose power and morality challenge assumptions about the vampire myth. Readers see this central character travel through time and lead multiple lives.  The Gilda…

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Collection Intersectionality Women of Colour

Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black bell hooks Sheba Feminist Press 1989 In childhood, bell hooks was taught that “talking back” meant speaking as an equal to an authority figure and daring to disagree and/or have an opinion. In this collection of personal and theoretical essays, hooks reflects on her signature issues of racism and…

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Collection Essays Intersectionality Lesbian Women of Colour

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Audre Lorde Crossing Press 1982 From Wikipedia: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches is a collection of essential essays and speeches written by Audre Lorde, a woman who wrote from the particulars of her identity: Black woman, lesbian, poet, activist, cancer survivor, mother, and feminist writer. This collection, now considered a classic volume, of Lorde’s…

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Autobiography Colonialism Women of Colour

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde Persephone Press 1982 From Wikipedia: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a 1982 autobiography by American poet Audre Lorde. It started a new genre that the author calls biomythography, which combines history, biography, and myth. In the text, Lorde writes that “Zami” is “a Carriacou name for women…

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Health Women of Colour

The Cancer Journals

The Cancer Journals Audre Lorde Aunt Lute Books 1980 Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy. From Penguin Random House: Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women’s pain, Lorde questioned the…

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Intersectionality Race Women of Colour

Black Women Organising: The Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent

Black Women Organising: The Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent The Brixton Black Women’s Group BBWG(Past Tense) 1980(2017) The Brixton Black Women’s Group, founded in 1973, emerged among women who had been active int he Black Power movement in London in the late 1960s and early 1970s.…

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Intersectionality Race Women of Colour

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa (eds.) Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press 1981 This Bridge Called My Back intends to reflect an uncompromising definition of feminism by women of color in the United States. Containing prose, poetry, personal narrative and analysis by Afro-American, Asian American,…