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In her article" New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism," Deborah McDowell notes the" lack of precision and detail" that has marked Black feminist scholarship and theories. She posits what she sees as one essential for a more precise and complete definition: like feminist criticism in general, Black feminist theory can be seen as" a'corrective, unmasking the omissions and distortions of the past—the errors of a literary critical tradition that arise from and reflect a culture created, perpetuated, and dominated by men'"(186).


This work was originally published in Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, available at doi:10.1080/10436929508580151.



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