Leon Forrest: Introductions and Interpretations

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The four novels of Leon Forrest are one of the major glories of contemporary African-American fiction. From the intense inwardness of There Is a Tree More Ancient than Eden to the epic comedy of Divine Days, Forrest's work presents a vision of African-American culture which is unique in its complexity and depth.

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Overview

The four novels of Leon Forrest are one of the major glories of contemporary African-American fiction. From the intense inwardness of There Is a Tree More Ancient than Eden to the epic comedy of Divine Days, Forrest's work presents a vision of African-American culture which is unique in its complexity and depth.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780879727338
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Leon Forrest: The Labyrinth of Luminosity: An Introduction 1
The Mythic City: An Interview with Leon Forrest 75
"Equilibrium out of their chaos": Ordered Unorder in the Witherspoon-Bloodworth Trilogy of Leon Forrest 97
Leon Forrest and the African-American Folk Sermon 115
Leon Forest and the AACM: The Jazz Impulse and the Legacy of the Chicago Renaissance 127
Thinking Beyond the Catastrophe: Leon Forrest's There is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden 152
Blood Bastards: The Bloodworth Orphans and the Psychology of Form 166
Circle of Safety, Circle of Entrapment: Women's Languages of Self-Invention in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Leon Forrest's The Bloodworth Orphans 184
The Flesh Made Word: Family Narrative in Two Wings to Veil My Face 199
Sermons, Testifying and Prayers; Looking Beneath the Wings in Leon Forrest's Two Wings to Veil My Face 216
Earthly Thoughts on Divine Days 233
Invisible Man by Sven Birkerts: Divine Days by Leon Forrest 255
Beyond Tribalism: Leon Forrest's Divine Days 263
Leon Forrest: A Bibliography 269
App. 1 Leon Forrest: A Chronology 278
App. 2 Leon Forrest at the University of Kentucky: Two Interviews
a. On There Is a Tree More Ancient than Eden 286
b. On The Bloodworth Orphans 299
Contributors 314
Index 317
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