Professor Janaka Lewis publishes new book on Black girlhood and liberation

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Dr. Janaka Lewis’ most recent book, Light and Legacies: Stories of Black Girlhood and Liberation, is forthcoming from The University of South Carolina Press. The publisher describes the book as follows: Lewis “examines Black girlhood in American literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The representation of Black girlhood in contemporary literature has long remained underexplored. Through this literary history of ‘Black Girl Magic,’ Lewis offers one of the first studies in this rapidly growing field of study. Light and Legacies poignantly showcases the activist dimensions of creative literature through work by women writers such as Toni Morrison and Toni Cade. As vectors of protest, these stories reflect historical events while also creating an enduring space of liberation and expression. The book provides didactic and reflective portrayals of the Black experience—an experience which has long been misunderstood. In a work both enlightening and personal, Lewis brilliantly weaves accounts of her own journey in conjunction with the liberating stories that shaped her and so many others.” To preorder a copy see here.