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Light and Legacies

Nonfiction: Social Sciences
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/26/2023

Light and Legacies

Stories of Black Girlhood and Liberation

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696612418


An engaging examination of Black Girl Magic and its significance in American literature.

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An engaging examination of Black Girl Magic and its significance in American literature

In Light and Legacies, author Janaka Bowman Lewis examines Black girlhood in American literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The representation of Black girlhood in contemporary literature has long remained underexplored. Through this literary history of "Black Girl Magic," Lewis offers one of the first studies in this rapidly growing field of study. Light and Legacies poignantly showcases the activist dimensions of creative literature through work by women writers such as Toni Morrison and Toni Cade. As vectors of protest, these stories reflect historical events while also creating an enduring space of liberation and expression. The book provides didactic and reflective portrayals of the Black experience—an experience that has long been misunderstood. In a work both enlightening and personal, Lewis brilliantly weaves accounts of her own journey together with the liberating stories that shaped her and so many others.

Author Bio

Janaka Bowman Lewis is associate professor of English and director of the Center for the Study of the New South at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the author of Freedom Narratives of African American Women and three children's books, including Bold Nia Marie Passes the Test.