For contemporary woman writers, for whom some space has been made in the literary canon largely due to feminist intervention, the act of renaming constitutes a way of asserting rather than concealing identity, as exemplified by the likes of bell hooks, Toni Cade Bambara, and Elana Dykewomon. This shift in purpose demonstrates not only the generally greater agency of women but also their awareness of the various facets of identity that, along with gender, make up the individual.
See also hooks, bell.
Lisa R. Williams
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Publication information: Book title: Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Contributors: Kathy J. Whitson - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 205.
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