Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establishes black women's places in intellectual history by engaging the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. Dedicated to recovering the contributions of thinkers marginalized by both their race and their gender, these essays uncover the work of unconventional intellectuals, both formally educated and self-taught, and explore the broad community of ideas in which their work participated. The end result is a field-defining and innovative volume that addresses topics ranging from religion and slavery to the politicized and gendered reappraisal of the black female body in contemporary culture.
Contributors are Mia E. Bay, Judith Byfield, Alexandra Cornelius, Thadious Davis, Corinne T. Field, Arlette Frund, Kaiama L. Glover, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, Natasha Lightfoot, Sherie Randolph, Barbara D. Savage, Jon Sensbach, Maboula Soumahoro, and Cheryl Wall.
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Mia E. Bay is professor of history at Rutgers University.Review:
This superb and ambitious collection of essays showcases the contributions of black women to the history of ideas, recognizing that their work is generally excluded from intellectual histories. Each essay is thoroughly researched, cogently argued, and well written, building upon the pioneering work of black feminist artists, activists, and scholars who have labored to establish the field of black women's intellectual history.--Valerie Smith, Princeton University
Groundbreaking and indispensable, Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women may very well become a benchmark study and paradigm-altering work in the field of intellectual history. There are no other books like it. Period.--Davarian L. Baldwin, Trinity College
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