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Maya Angelou

Subject: Literature

1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928–2014)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Sociology, Politics
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118 words

...Angelou, Maya ( 1928–2014 ) American writer , autobiographer , and civil rights activist . Best known for her seven-volume series of memoirs of which the first one entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1969 ), brought her international acclaim. In it she details her early life, the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, his subsequent murder, and her resultant muteness. A survivor of many personal and political battles and traumas, her poem ‘And Still I Rise’ ( 1978 ) encapsulated Angelou’s indomitable spirit. Her...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (4 Apr 1928)   Reference library

Josephine Wright

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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251 words

...held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Bibliography C. Tate , ed.: Black Women Writers At Work (New York, 1983) M.J. Lupton : Maya Angelou: a Critical Companion. Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers , ed. K.G. Klein (Westport, CT, 1998) T.M. Hawthorne : “Angelou, Maya,” Black Women in America , ed. D.C. Hine (New York, 2/2005) K.E. Clifton : Recent American Art Song: A Guide (Lanham, MD, 2008) Josephine...

Autobiography

Autobiography   Reference library

Heidi E. Bollinger

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...denied by the institution of slavery. The slave narrative, with its themes of self-definition and racial uplift, has influenced successive African American autobiographies including Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery ( 1901 ), Richard Wright's Black Boy ( 1945 ), Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1969 ), and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father ( 1995 ). In the twentieth century, literary modernism and postmodernism influenced autobiography significantly, resulting in the production of texts that depart from conventional...

Brown, Angela

Brown, Angela (1 Dec 1964)   Reference library

Beth McGinnis

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
218 words

...In 2005 she sang Cilla in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's world premiere of Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison , and in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Symphony she premiered the song cycle “A Woman's Life,” which Danielpour wrote for her to texts by Maya Angelou. In addition to appearing regularly with orchestras throughout the United States, she has produced more intimate recordings such as Mosaic (Albany Records, 2004 ), which features African American spirituals with guitar and piano. Beth...

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola (1945)   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences
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402 words

...Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough . Another genre in which she works is the spoken-word performance. In this area, she has produced a series of audio works, among them the twelve-part live performance Theatre of the Imagination , and performed woman-.life.song with Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison . In addition to practicing Jungian psychoanalysis and engaging in various modes of storytelling (both oral and written), Estés founded and directs La Sociedad de Guadalupe, a human rights organization. Estés holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and...

Danielpour, Richard

Danielpour, Richard (28 Jan 1956)   Reference library

Laurie Shulman

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
1,883 words

...vocal works display pristine, idiomatic writing. He has collaborated increasingly with living poets and authors. An emphasis on vocal works since 2000 reflects his growing sensitivity to the power of language in music. Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison were muses to him in the first decade of the 21st century. Angelou is represented by the song cycle Portraits ( 2001 ) and A Woman's Life ( 2007 ). The latter is a modern-day Frauenliebe und -leben but with a decided focus on the woman, and not in terms of her relationship with a man....

Calypso

Calypso   Reference library

Hope Munro Smith

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
745 words

...the first million-selling album by a single artist in US history, and created a calypso craze that lasted for several years. Folk revival singers such as the Tarriers and Stan Wilson recorded calypsos, as did various cabaret artists including Josephine Premice , the poet Maya Angelou , the actor Robert Mitchum , and the Charmer (later known as Louis Farrakhan ). Meanwhile, a new generation of calypsonians led by the Mighty Sparrow ( Slinger Francisco ) and Lord Kitchener ( Aldwyn Roberts ) continued to reinvigorate music in Trinidad. Female calypsonians...

African Americans

African Americans   Reference library

Joe W. Trotter Jr.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

...the track-and-field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee; the film actors Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington ; the jazz musicians Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, and Wynton and Bradford Marsalis; the television celebrity Oprah Winfrey; and an array of novelists and writers including Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison enriched American life and gave voice to the black experience. By the 1990 s the nation’s more than 30 million African Americans, representing about 12 percent of the total population, had transformed themselves from a predominantly rural...

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