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Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995

Cheryl Higashida


This book examines how African American women writers affiliated themselves with the post-World War II Black Communist Left and developed a distinct strand of feminism. This vital yet largely overlooked feminist tradition built upon and critically retheorized the postwar Left's “nationalist internationalism,” which connected the liberation of Blacks in the United States to the liberation of Third World nations and the worldwide proletariat. Exploring a diverse range of plays, novels, essays, poetry, and reportage, the book shows how Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Rosa Guy, ... More

Keywords: African American women, African American writers, women writers, Black Communist Left, feminism, nationalist internationalism, heterosexism, patriarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036507
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Higashida, author
University of Colorado