The Daughter's Return: African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History

The Daughter's Return: African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History

by Caroline Rody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195138880

ISBN-13: 9780195138887

Pub. Date: 04/12/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Daughter's Return offers a close analysis of an emerging genre in African-American and Caribbean fiction produced by women writers who make imaginative returns to their ancestral pasts. Considering some of the defining texts of contemporary fiction—Toni Morrison's Beloved, Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, and Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven—Rody

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The Daughter's Return offers a close analysis of an emerging genre in African-American and Caribbean fiction produced by women writers who make imaginative returns to their ancestral pasts. Considering some of the defining texts of contemporary fiction—Toni Morrison's Beloved, Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, and Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven—Rody discusses their common inclusion of a daughter who returns to the site of her people's founding trauma of slavery through memory or magic. Rody treats these texts as allegorical expressions of the desire of writers newly emerging into cultural authority to reclaim their difficult inheritance, and finds a counter plot of heroines' encounters with women of other racial and ethnic groups running through these works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138887
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/12/2001
Series:
Imagining the Americas Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

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