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Left ladies from 1945–1995, Black Internationalist Feminism contributes to contemporary efforts to rehistoricize the outdated Left, Civil Rights, Black energy, and second-wave Black women's movements.