In this Book

Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement
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A disproportionate number of male writers, including such figures as Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, Maulana Karenga, and Haki Madhubuti, continue to be credited for constructing the iconic and ideological foundations for what would be perpetuated as the Black Art Movement. Though there has arisen an increasing amount of scholarship that recognizes leading women artists, activists, and leaders of this period, these new perspectives have yet to recognize adequately the ways women aspired to far more than a mere dismantling of male-oriented ideals.


In Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement, Carmen L. Phelps examines the work of several women artists working in Chicago, a key focal point for the energy and production of the movement. Angela Jackson, Johari Amiri, and Carolyn Rodgers reflect in their writing specific cultural, local, and regional insights, and demonstrate the capaciousness of Black Art rather than its constraints. Expanding from these three writers, Phelps analyzes the breadth of women's writing in BAM. In doing so, Phelps argues that these and other women attained advantageous and unique positions to represent the potential of the BAM aesthetic, even if their experiences and artistic perspectives were informed by both social conventions and constraints. In this book, Phelps's examination brings forward a powerful and crucial contribution to the aesthetics and history of a movement that still inspires.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: The Black Arts Movement: Let Me Count the Ways
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter One: Dysfunctional Functionality: Collaboration at Its Best in the Black Arts Era
  2. pp. 23-55
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  1. Chapter Two: Women Writing Kinship in Chicago’s Black Arts Movement
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. Chapter Three: Mirrors of Deception: Invisible, Untouchable, Beautiful Blackness in Johari Amini’s Black Art
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. Chapter Four: Muddying Clear Waters: Carolyn Rodgers’s Black Art
  2. pp. 95-115
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  1. Chapter Five: Building a Home, Building a Nation: Family in the City and Beyond in Angela Jackson’s Black Art
  2. pp. 116-145
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  1. Chapter Six: Mixing Metaphors: Spirituality, Environmentalism, and Dystopia in Carolyn Rodgers’s and Angela Jackson’s Postrace Black Art
  2. pp. 146-161
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  1. Conclusion: You Remind Me . . . “Post–BAM/Soul” Reflections
  2. pp. 162-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 173-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-188
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