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Abstract

This essay explores the Chicago Black Renaissance through Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry. It considers how the movement differed from the previous Harlem Renaissance, but also focuses on the female experience. Using Brooks’ poetry, the movement is split into three key spaces, the public, the domestic and the body. The public space looks at Brooks’ satirical recreation of a Beauty Salon, an environment solely for African American women. The domestic space asks a reader to consider the topic of domestic abuse and the body space looks at abortion, offering an insight into its physical and mental effects.

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