Published: Apr 27 2023
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 200
PAPERBACK: 978-1-64336-386-8
HARDCOVER: 978-1-64336-385-1

Literary Studies
African American Studies
Cultures of Resistance
Women's & Gender Studies
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Light and Legacies

Stories of Black Girlhood and Liberation

Janaka Bowman Lewis





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

In Light and Legacies: Stories of Black Girlhood and Liberation, author Janaka 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 which has long been misunderstood. In a work both enlightening and personal, Lewis brilliantly weaves accounts of her own journey in conjunction with the liberating stories that shaped her and so many others.

Janaka Bowman Lewis is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

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