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Critical Essays On Alice Walker

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Alice Walker is one of the most influential and controversial figures in twentieth-century American literature. This collection of essays represents a dispassionate scholarly effort to comprehend the essential elements of her prolific imagination, which celebrates women by chronicling their troubled journey from silence to self-expression and from pain to resistance. The essays fall largely into three main groups, focusing on Walker's most famous and controversial novel, The Color Purple, on her poetry, which has...

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Overview

Alice Walker is one of the most influential and controversial figures in twentieth-century American literature. This collection of essays represents a dispassionate scholarly effort to comprehend the essential elements of her prolific imagination, which celebrates women by chronicling their troubled journey from silence to self-expression and from pain to resistance. The essays fall largely into three main groups, focusing on Walker's most famous and controversial novel, The Color Purple, on her poetry, which has for too long met with critical neglect, and on her ecofeminist novel, The Temple of My Familiar.

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A collection of critical essays on the controversial work of Alice Walker. Themes include the conjure woman as rhetor, a new reading of the heroine's story in , the civil and human rights poetry of Alice Walker, and questionable callings in stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louise Erdrich. Also discusses as an existential novel, the naked self in Alice Walker, and men in the margins of Alice Walker's fiction. The editor teaches African studies at the University of Arizona. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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IKENNA DIEKE is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Alice Walker, A Woman Walking into Peril 1
2 The Occupational Hazard: The Loss of Historical Context in Twentieth-Century Feminist Readings, and a New Reading of the Heroine's Story in Alice Walker's The Color Purple 13
3 Heritage and Deracination in Walker's "Everyday Use" 21
4 Alice Walker's Womanist Magic: The Conjure Woman as Rhetor 33
5 When a Convent Seems the Only Viable Choice: Questionable Callings in Stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louise Erdrich 45
6 Creating Generations: The Relationship Between Celie and Shug in Alice Walker's The Color Purple 55
7 Alice Walker and the "Man Question" 67
8 Revolutionary Stanzas: The Civil and Human Rights Poetry of Alice Walker 83
9 The Color Purple: An Existential Novel 101
10 Alice Walker's Redemptive Art 109
11 Walker's The Temple of My Familiar: Womanist as Monistic Idealist 127
12 Alice Walker's American Quilt: The Color Purple and American Literary Tradition 141
13 Who Touches This Touches a Woman: The Naked Self in Alice Walker 153
14 "Nothing can be sole or whole that has not been rent": Fragmentation in the Quilt and The Color Purple 163
15 A Matter of Focus: Men in the Margins of Alice Walker's Fiction 171
16 "What She Got to Sing About?": Comedy and The Color Purple 185
17 Alice Walker: Poesy and the Earthling Psyche 197
App. Chronology 209
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 219
About the Contributors 225
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