Everyday Use: Alice Walker

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Alice Walker's early story "Everyday Use" has remained a cornerstone of her work. Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we defined art, women's culture, and African American lives. By putting African American women's voices at the center of the narrative for the first time, "Everyday Use" anticipated the focus of an entire generation of black women writers.
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Overview

Alice Walker's early story "Everyday Use" has remained a cornerstone of her work. Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we defined art, women's culture, and African American lives. By putting African American women's voices at the center of the narrative for the first time, "Everyday Use" anticipated the focus of an entire generation of black women writers.
This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Walker's life, authoritative texts of "Everyday Use" and "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," an interview with Walker, six critical essays, and a bibliography. The contributors are Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Houston A. Baker Jr., Thadious M. Davis, Margot Anne Kelley, John O'Brien, Elaine Showalter, and Mary Helen Washington. Barbara T. Christian is a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520766
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Women Writers: Texts and Contexts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 714,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Everyday Use 23
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens 39
For My Sister Molly Who in the Fifties 51
Interview with Alice Walker 55
An Essay on Alice Walker 85
Alice Walker's Celebration of Self in Southern Generations 105
Alice Walker: The Black Woman Artist as Wayward 123
Patches: Quilts and Community in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" 149
Sisters' Choices: Quiltiizg Aesthetics in Contemporary African-American Women's Fiction 167
Common Threads 195
Selected Bibliography 225
Permissions 229
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