The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction

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Spanning the period 1853 to 1948, this study explores the nascence of literary activity among American black women and investigates the cultural climate which led some of the most prominent to use the marriage convention as a means of exploring wider questions of human social relations, sexuality and female subjectivity. The author attempts to go beyond the period study to offer a new paradigm for reading American black women's fiction.

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Ann duCille is at Wesleyan University.


"DuCille has written an informative, perceptive book, which illuminates the developmenet of African American women's literature and extends the boundaries of critical theory and practice."--Choice

"An excellent example of a small (but hopefully growing) tendency to reach out beyond the field of African American studies and engage in dialogue with American cultural and literary criticism and history."--Hazel Carby, Yale University

"An important contribution to Black Feminist Literary Theory. It is also engaging, accessible, and rigorous. I think my students will learn a great deal from it."--Farah Jasmine Griffin, University of Pennsylvania

"DuCille is wonderful here....A superb secondary text for upper-level undergrads."--Jan Loveland, Wayne State University

"The Coupling Convention, Ann duCille's splendid contribution to Black feminist and literary analysis, is a critical achievement of the nineties....DuCille's work is marked by her willingness to ask hard and sometimes unpopular questions. She also achieves that elusive goal in scholarly writing: she is both sophisticated and clear, and often elegant and witty as well. The Coupling Convention builds on, differs with and is as important as earlier groundbreaking books like Barbara Christian's Black Women Novelists and Hazel Carby's Reconstructing Womanhood. It is among the best in the Black feminist critical tradition."--Women's Review of Books

"This is a work that benefits not only from its author's liveliness of mind and scholarly commitment but also from years of teaching the texts she treats here....duCille's book joins a growing number of works that are stretching across established boundaries of both genre and discipline."--American Literature

"[duCille's] text is at all times engaging and provocative....In duCille's work, we are challanged to view the tradition of Black women's novels as one which uses marriage, or `coupling,' as a literary tool of subversion and protest."--Callaloo

"[duCille] puts forward vibrant new readings of more than a dozen novels....duCille is always careful to outline the critical heritage surrounding the novels and thereby allows her reader to proceed with an appropriate caveat."--American Studies

"...a valuable contribution to African American scholarship....The Coupling Convention is a very useful book offering illuminating interpretations and reinterpretations of texts via a convention thought irrelevant to African American literature. The work's readability is refreshing and though duCille employs much literary, cultural, and social theory in her analysis, she does so in language that never obfuscates her assertions....The Coupling Convention identifies rich new avenues for literary exploration."--Journal of the History of Sexuality

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DuCille, Ann
ISBN 10: 0195079728 ISBN 13: 9780195079722
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