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Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Mae G. Henderson

Abstract

Deploying the trope of “speaking in tongues” to theorize the multivocality of black women’s writing, based on the reconstruction of a fundamentally spiritual practice as critical concept, this book also enlists a second trope, “dancing diaspora,” to theorize the narrativity of black women’s dance, based on the notions of “performing testimony” and “critical witnessing.” Together, these tropes are meant to signify a tradition of black women writing and performing, a tradition privileging the preeminence of voice and narration, along with the roles of listening and witnessing. The book demonstra ... More

Keywords: Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Sherley Anne Williams, Gayl Jones, Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison, Josephine Baker, “performing testimony”, “critical witnessing”, subjectivity, voice, performance, difference and identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195116595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mae G. Henderson, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill