Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black by Cheryl Higashida

By Cheryl Higashida

 
Black Internationalist Feminism examines how African American girls writers affiliated themselves with the post-World warfare II Black Communist Left and built a different strand of feminism. This important but mostly missed feminist culture outfitted upon and severely retheorized the postwar Left's "nationalist internationalism," which attached the liberation of Blacks within the usa to the liberation of 3rd international international locations and the global proletariat. Black internationalist feminism evaluations racist, heteronormative, and masculinist articulations of nationalism whereas keeping the significance of nationwide liberation routine for attaining Black women's social, political, and financial rights.
 
Cheryl Higashida indicates how Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Rosa man, Audre Lorde, and Maya Angelou labored inside of and opposed to validated literary varieties to illustrate that nationalist internationalism was once associated with struggles opposed to heterosexism and patriarchy. Exploring a various variety of performs, novels, essays, poetry, and reportage, Higashida illustrates how literature is a vital lens for learning Black internationalist feminism simply because those authors have been on the leading edge of bringing the views and difficulties of black ladies to mild opposed to their marginalization and silencing.
 
In reading writing by means of Black Left ladies from 1945–1995, Black Internationalist Feminism contributes to contemporary efforts to rehistoricize the outdated Left, Civil Rights, Black energy, and second-wave Black women's movements.

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IN T RO DUC T I O N intertwinings of Black nationalist and Old Left movements in the interwar years. This chapter demonstrates that the activism and analysis of African American women on the Old Left such as Maude White Katz and Louise Thompson Patterson laid grounds for postwar Black feminism. I contextualize the Black materialist feminism of Claudia Jones in the 1940s and explain how it was fostered on the cultural front by journals such as Freedom and Freedomways and organizations such as the Harlem Writers Guild and the Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage (CAWAH).

I contextualize the Black materialist feminism of Claudia Jones in the 1940s and explain how it was fostered on the cultural front by journals such as Freedom and Freedomways and organizations such as the Harlem Writers Guild and the Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage (CAWAH). The next five chapters look at how prominent women writers of the postwar Black Left articulated and revised Black internationalist feminism. Each chapter focuses on a single author in order to attend to the depth and breadth of their literary and political engagements.

In fact, Robin Kelley contends that “the Party’s position on black liberation after 1928 . . ” In the mid-1930s, Stalin reversed progressive laws pertaining to gender and sexuality that the Bolsheviks had enacted earlier in the decade, a move that strengthened the mutual reinforcement of nationalism and patriarchy. ” Nonetheless, many Black Communists, women and men, strained against the gendered limitations imposed on Black self-determination, broadening and transforming it to account for the struggles of Black women and to generate intersectional analyses of race and gender.

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