This book engages the ways African American authors have shifted, recycled, and reinvented the conjure woman in fiction. Kameelah Martin Samuel traces her presence and function in twentieth-century literature through historical records, oral histories, blues music, and collections of African American folklore.
Kameelah L. Martin is a Vistiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Houston.
"Martin's work remedies a gap in academic scholarship that has overlooked the critical role that the conjurer woman has played in literature, and this work seems to elevate her to the status of cultural icon." (A Year's Work in English Studies, 2015)