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Fowler, Virginia C. 1948-

Works: 8 works in 41 publications in 1 language and 5,785 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Author, Annotator
Classifications: PS3557.I55, 811.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Virginia C Fowler
The collected poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968-1998 by Nikki Giovanni( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

aThis omnibus covers Nikki Giovanni's complete work of poetry from 1967-1983. THE COLLECTED POETRY OF NIKKI GIOVANNI will include the complete volumes of five adult books of poetry: Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement, My House, The Women and the Men, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds. Nikki self-published her first book Black Feeling, Black Talk/BlackJudgement in 1969, selling 10,000 copies; William Morrow published in 1970. Know for its iconic revolutionary phrases, it is heralded as one of the most important volumes of modern African-American poetry and is considered the seminal volume of Nikki's body of work. My House (Morrow 1972) marks a new dimension in tone and philosophy--This is Giovanni's first foray into the autobiographical. In The Women and the Men (Morrow 1975), Nikki displays her compassion for the people, things and places she has encountered--She reveres the ordinary and is in search of the extraordinary. Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (Morrow 1978) is one of the most poignant and introspective of all Giovanni's collections. These poems chronicle the drastic change that took place during the 1970s--when the dreams of the Civil Rights era seemed to have evaporated. Those Who Ride the Night Winds (Morrow 1983) is devoted to "the day trippers and midnight cowboys," the ones who have devoted their lives to pushing the limits of the human condition and shattered the constraints of the stautus quo
Nikki Giovanni by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nikki Giovanni began to write poetry in the 1960s when she was associated with the radical Black Arts Movement. She has since won a large popular following of a kind rarely achieved by poets in American society. Many ordinary people read, memorize, and recite her work, and her public readings are invariably well attended. Indeed, Giovanni's popular success has perhaps caused academic critics to underestimate the depth and breadth of her work. A strong-minded and independent woman, Giovanni has always resisted pigeon-holing, whether by literary critics or political ideologues. In this study, Virginia C. Fowler provides a ground-breaking survey and interpretation of Giovanni's work, thus filling a significant gap in contemporary literary studies. Fowler's close readings of Giovanni's work elucidate the orality of her poetry and the often subtle ways in which the poet has been influenced by spirituals, the blues, and jazz. In addition, the social, political, and biographical contexts that helped to shape Giovanni's poetry are sensitively delineated, as are the gender issues and personal concerns that became especially important in her verse of the 1970s. Giovanni's formal experimentation also receives its first extended treatment here. In the end, Giovanni is shown to be a poet of universal appeal, whose work reaches past barriers of race, class, and gender to touch the common humanity of her many readers while remaining deeply rooted in the rich tradition of African-American literature. This study will be valuable to all students of contemporary literature and especially to those interested in the contribution of women of color to our cultural life. An especially notable feature of thisvolume is a candid interview with Giovanni, in which the poet discusses her life, work, and contemporaries
Gloria Naylor : in search of sanctuary by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the short period of time since Gloria Naylor published her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place (1982), to wide acclaim, she has established herself as a significant contemporary writer. A self-avowed feminist and black cultural nationalist, Naylor has produced a body of work that resists easy classification. Through the four novels she has published to date, which also include Linden Hills (1985), Mama Day (1988), and Bailey's Cafe (1992), she enters into a dialogue with a wide assortment of earlier writers, from Shakespeare and Dante to Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. In Gloria Naylor: In Search of Sanctuary, Virginia C. Fowler offers the first full-length study devoted exclusively to Naylor's work. Fowler insightfully analyzes Naylor's four novels, specifically focusing on aspects of the texts that have been largely unexamined to date. She also provides a general examination of important aspects of Naylor's life, including the Jehovah's Witness religion, of which Naylor was a member until she was 25, and the emergence in the late 1960s and early 1970s of a new generation of black women writers and scholars. Fowler reveals the extent to which Naylor's artistic sensibility has been shaped by her experiences as a Jehovah's Witness and her strong identification with feminism. The volume also features a valuable bibliography, a chronology of Naylor's life, and the text of a lengthy interview with Naylor that the author conducted in 1993
Conversations with Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Out of this collection of twenty-two interviews spanning two decades rises the distinctive voice of "the princess of black poetry." Nikki Giovanni entered the literary world at the height of the Black Arts Movement and quickly achieved not simple fame but stardom, a phenomenon almost unprecedented for a poet. Her first two volumes of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk and Black Judgement, gave expression to the thoughts and feelings of a generation of young
Henry James's American girl : the embroidery on the canvas by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nikki Giovanni : a literary biography by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The renunciatory heroine in Henry James by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

2 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry James's American Girl by Virginia C Fowler( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Nikki GiovanniGloria Naylor : in search of sanctuaryConversations with Nikki GiovanniHenry James's American girl : the embroidery on the canvas