Toward Black Feminist Critic by Barbara SmithBarbara Smith (born in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American lesbian feminist and socialist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as a critic, teacher, lecturer, author, scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last twenty five years. Smiths essays, reviews, articles, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in a range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., Gay Community News, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Conditions and The Nation. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer.
Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers
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Toward a Black Feminist Criticism
Her argument exposes the flaws of considering literature through either the exclusive lens of race, as Black literary criticism tends to do, or the exclusive lens of gender, as predominantly White feminist criticism tends to do. She argues that this critical move is necessary not only for the impact it will have on literary criticism generally, but also to offer a deeper understanding of the literature of Black women specifically. A black feminist approach to literature that embodies the realization that the politics of sex as well as the politics of race and class are crucially interlocking factors in the works of black women writers is an absolute necessity. Filed under Uncategorized. As a fiction writer I know that characteristics of me come out in my writing.
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Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist  and socialist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States US. Since the early s, she has been active as a critic, teacher, lecturer, author, scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last 25 years. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith , who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer. Wanting to find better economic opportunities and escape from Jim Crow racism, moved from Georgia and settled in Ohio. However, Beall Smith's relatives did not approve of the marriage, and the relationship fell apart, forcing a then-pregnant Beall Smith to return home to her family in Georgia.