Chapter 23. Popular Black Women's Fiction and the Novels of Terry McMillan

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Robin V. Smiles

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch23

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Smiles, R. V. (2010) Popular Black Women's Fiction and the Novels of Terry McMillan, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474

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Keywords:

  • popular black women's fiction and the novels of Terry McMillan;
  • 1960s and early 1970s - black women writers struggling to find an audience and publisher for their fiction;
  • 1992 - milestone marking a shift in the marketplace for fiction by black women authors;
  • newer black male and female writers - Connie Briscoe, Tina McElroy Ansa, Bebe Moore Campbell, and E. Lynn Harris;
  • McMillan - most recognized and most commercially successful authors;
  • Morrison's Sula (1974) - nominated for a National Book Award;
  • expansion of the paperback romance industry - highlighting another circumstance that allowed popular black women's fiction to flourish in the 1990s;
  • publication of the Norton anthology - representing the culmination of a large project among scholars of African American literature;
  • portraying relationships of romantic love - most important issue facing African American characters

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography