To "pursue th' unbodied mind": Phillis Wheatley and the Raced Body in Early America
John C. Shields and Eric D. Lamore
University of Tennessee Press
The first African American to publish a book on any subject, poet Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) has long been denigrated by literary critics who refused to believe that a black woman could produce such dense, intellectual work. In recent decades, however, Wheatley's work has come under new scrutiny as the literature of the eighteenth century and the impact of African American literature have been reconceived. Fourteen prominent Wheatley scholars consider her work from a variety of angles, affirming her rise into the first rank of American writers.
Mary M. Balkun. "To "pursue th' unbodied mind": Phillis Wheatley and the raced body in early America" New essays on Phillis Wheatley. Ed. John C Shields; Eric D Lamore. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011.