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Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century
by P. Gabrielle Foreman
University of Illinois Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-252-03474-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-07664-0
Library of Congress Classification PS153.N5F673 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.992870899607

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Activist Sentiments takes as its subject women who in fewer than fifty years moved from near literary invisibility to prolific productivity. Grounded in primary research and paying close attention to the historical archive, this book offers against-the-grain readings of the literary and activist work of Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Victoria Earle Matthews and Amelia E. Johnson.


Part literary criticism and part cultural history, Activist Sentiments examines nineteenth-century social, political, and representational literacies and reading practices. P. Gabrielle Foreman reveals how Black women's complex and confrontational commentary–often expressed directly in their journalistic prose and organizational involvement--emerges in their sentimental, and simultaneously political, literary production.


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