Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, & Other Such Hoodoo (2013)


Kameelah L. Martin


Martin offers a study of the conjure woman as a literary archetype in African American Literature. Arguing that the conjure woman is one of the most adept agents of mobility, resistance, and self-determination in the realm of black womanhood, Martin demonstrates how the conjure woman has evolved as a bio-mythography used to resist the subjugation and marginalization of black women. The conjure woman provides critical socio-cultural commentary, a role currently unmatched by other black female models and characterizations.


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