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By Maureen Honey

ISBN-10: 0813570786

ISBN-13: 9780813570785

ISBN-10: 0813570794

ISBN-13: 9780813570792

The Harlem Renaissance used to be a watershed second for racial uplift, poetic innovation, sexual liberation, and feminine empowerment. Aphrodite’s Daughters introduces us to 3 awesome ladies who have been on the vanguard of these types of advancements, poetic iconoclasts who pioneered new and candidly erotic sorts of girl self-expression.  
Maureen Honey paints a bright portrait of 3 African American women—Angelina Weld Grimké, Gwendolyn B. Bennett, and Mae V. Cowdery—who got here from very diverse backgrounds yet converged in past due Nineteen Twenties Harlem to go away a big mark at the literary panorama. She examines the numerous methods those poets articulated woman sexual hope, 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 prime resource of which means, energy, and transcendence.
The fabricated from vast archival learn, Aphrodite’s Daughters attracts from Grimké, Bennett, and Cowdery’s released and unpublished poetry, besides infrequent periodicals and biographical fabrics, to immerse us within the lives of those amazing girls and the realm during which they lived. It hence not just exhibits us how their inventive contributions and cultural interventions have been important to their very own period, but additionally demonstrates how the poetic center in their paintings retains on beating.  

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