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Download e-book for iPad: Aphrodite's Daughters: Three Modernist Poets of the Harlem by Maureen Honey

By Maureen Honey

ISBN-10: 0813570786

ISBN-13: 9780813570785

ISBN-10: 0813570794

ISBN-13: 9780813570792

The Harlem Renaissance was once a watershed second for racial uplift, poetic innovation, sexual liberation, and feminine empowerment. Aphrodite’s Daughters introduces us to 3 remarkable ladies who have been on the leading edge of a lot of these advancements, poetic iconoclasts who pioneered new and candidly erotic sorts of lady self-expression.  
Maureen Honey paints a vibrant portrait of 3 African American women—Angelina Weld Grimké, Gwendolyn B. Bennett, and Mae V. Cowdery—who got here from very assorted backgrounds yet converged in overdue Nineteen Twenties Harlem to depart a huge mark at the literary panorama. She examines the various methods those poets articulated girl sexual wish, starting from Grimké’s invocation of a Sapphic goddess determine to Cowdery’s frank depiction of bisexual erotics to Bennett’s dicy exploration of the borders among sexual excitement and ache. but Honey additionally considers how they have been united of their dedication to the feminine physique as a first-rate resource of which means, energy, and transcendence.
The fabricated from large archival learn, Aphrodite’s Daughters attracts from Grimké, Bennett, and Cowdery’s released and unpublished poetry, in addition to infrequent periodicals and biographical fabrics, to immerse us within the lives of those impressive ladies and the realm during which they lived. It therefore not just indicates us how their inventive contributions and cultural interventions have been important to their very own period, but additionally demonstrates how the poetic middle in their paintings retains on beating.  

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