African-American literature of travel has frequently been elided from critical accounts of literary travel narratives and made invisible within the African-American literary canon. Reading both traditions with an eye to including African-American literature of travel is important because it allows for a greater focus on the transnational roots of African-American identity, particularly in terms of African-American literature of travel that focuses on journeys to Europe.
In this article I examine the performances of black girlhood in two texts by Ntozake Shange—the choreopoem “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” (1977) and the novel Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo (1982). The black girls whom Shange portrays navigate anti-black racism in their communities, domestic violence in their homes, and explore their connections with spirit worlds. In both these works, Shange stages black girls who make decisions based on their understanding of the spheres of influence that their race, gender, and age afford them in an anti-black patriarchal world dominated by adults. I draw, too, from Patricia Hill Collins’s work on feminist standpoint theory and black feminist thought to introduce the term black girl thought as a theoretical framework to offer insights into the complex lives of black girls who live in the post-civil rights era in the United States.
Sarah E. Whitney
In this article, I consider middle-grade tween literature through a Black Girl Magic framework that creates space and visibility for girls of color in postfeminist America. I read two works of fiction by middle-grade author Sherri Winston through such a lens. By locating girls’ tweenhood as a space of developmental continuity, and by claiming an aesthetic of sparkle, Black Girl Magic readings can re-situate dominant interpretations of the tween literary hero and provide exciting new methods for reading middle-grade fiction.
Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen and Stéphanie Ponsavady
Oded Löwenheim, The Politics of the Trail: Reflexive Mountain Biking along the Frontier of Jerusalem (Heidi Morrison)
Judith Madera, Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (James S. Finley)
Jane Carey and Jane Lydon, eds., Indigenous Networks: Mobility, Connections and Exchange (Daniel Owen Spence)
Gijs Mom, Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car, 1895–1940 (Aaron Hatley)
Nicole Starosielski, The Undersea Network (Rachael Squire)
Sarah Jane Cervenak, Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom (Michael Ra-shon Hall)
Yasmine Abbas, Le néo-nomadisme: mobilités, partage, transformations identitaires et urbaines (Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin)
Suzan Ilcan, Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice (Sibo Chen)
Lesley Murray and Sara Upstone, eds., Researching and Representing Mobilities: Transdisciplinary Encounters (Tawny Andersen)
Novel Review Michel Houellebecq, Soumission (Stéphanie Ponsavady)
David Siar, Anna Tripp, T. J. Lustig, John Simons, Sharon Monteith, Peter Stoneley, Tina M. Kelleher, Alison Sweeney, Alison Chapman, Dennis Brown, Maurice Rutherford, Michael Murphy and Matt Simpson
The Illusions of Postmodernism by Terry Eagleton. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996. Pp. X + 147, $44.95 hb.; $15.95 pb.
Mother Love by Rita Dove. New York: Norton, 1996. pp. 78, ISBN 0393314448 £7.95.
Distinguished Discord: Discontinuity and Pattern in the Critical Tradition of ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Robin P. Hoople, Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1997, £34.50). Pp. 328. ISBN 0-8387-5326-4.
European English Now, European Journal of English Studies, 1. 1. Swets and Zeitlinger, 132 pp., $69 / Dfl 115 to individuals, Dfl. 70 to ESSE members.
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay et al., New York: Norton, 1997, pp. 2,665 Paper with CD 0393959082 £21.00.
Mark Twain in the Company of Women, by Laura E. Skandera- Trombley, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994; paper £15.50. Pp. xxiii, 219. ISBN 0 8122 1619 9.
Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film by Harry M. Benshoff. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997. Cloth £45.00 ISBN 0719044723, paper £14.99 ISBN 071904473.
Kate M. Cleary. A Literary Biography with Selected Works by Susanne K George. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1997. 250 pp. Cloth £28.50, ISBN: 0-8032-2164-9.
Consuming Subjects: British Women and Consumer Culture in the Eighteenth-Century by Elizabeth Kowalski-Wallace. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. cloth £32.00 ISBN 0231105789; paper £12.00 ISBN 0231105797.
Paul Oppenheimer, An Intelligent Person’s Guide To Modern Guilt, (London: Duckworth, 1997), pp. 127, cloth £12.95 ISBN 0-7156- 2759-7.
Passing Through Glass by Hugh Underhill. (National Poetry Foundation, 1997) ISBN 1 900726 10 6, £5.00
The Vigil by C K Williams. (Bloodaxe Books, 1997) ISBN 1 85224 402 X, £7.95
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Roddy Lumsden. (Bloodaxe Books, 1997) ISBN 1 85224 403 8, £7.95
Kiosk by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated by Michael Hamburger. Bloodaxe Books, 1997.
La Jeune Parque by Paul Valéry. French - English Bilingual Edition, translated by Alistair Elliot. Bloodaxe Books, 1997.
Nantucket and the Angel by Gillian Allnutt. Bloodaxe Books. ISBN I - 8 5224 - 382 1 £6.95
The Sky Behind the Forest – Selected Poems by Liliana Ursu. Bloodaxe Books. ISBN I - 85224 - 386 - 4 £7.95