Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1991 |

Affirming Critical Difference: Reading Black Women’s Texts

Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women ed. Cheryl A. Wall. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1989. 253 pages. $36.00; $8.95, paper. Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance ed. Joanne M. Braxton and Andrée Nicola McLaughlin. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990. 441 pages. $40.00; $14.95, paper. In "Towards a Black Feminist Criticism" (1977), Barbara Smith set forth preliminary tenets of black feminist criticism, a theoretical position which seemed to be excluded from the rising black (male) and (white) feminist theories. She proclaimed that "Black women writers constitute an identifiable literary tradition," and that examining "Black women's language and cultural experience . . . results in a miraculously rich coalescing of form and content and also takes their writing far beyond the confines of white/male literary structures."' In the decade or so since t

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