We dedicate this special issue of Borrowers and Lenders on Shakespeare and Girlhood to the late Maya Angelou, who spoke feelingly about her conviction that "Shakespeare must be a black girl," as she was when she read Sonnet 29, "When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes" and remembered how she was saved by her grandmother's "sweet love."


Angelou, Maya. 2009. "Maya Angelou Talks Shakespeare." Speech Delivered at the Texas Union, University of Texas, 2008. YouTube. Available online: [accessed 14 December 2014].

Prior, Karen Swallow. 2013. "What Maya Angelou Means When She Says 'Shakespeare Must Be a Black Girl.'" The Atlantic. 30 Jan. Available online: [accessed 14 December 2014.

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