A Human Necklace: The African Diaspora and Paule Marshall's Fiction

A Human Necklace: The African Diaspora and Paule Marshall's Fiction

by Moira Ferguson

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Overview

Argues that Paule Marshall’s work collectively constitutes a multigenerational saga of the African diaspora across centuries and continents.

From Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959) to The Fisher King (2000), Paule Marshall’s novels, novellas, and short stories include a rich cast of unforgettable men, women, and children who forge spiritual as well as emotional and geographical paths toward their ancestors. In this, the first critical study to address all of Marshall’s fiction, Moira Ferguson argues that Marshall’s work collectively constitutes a multigenerational saga of the African diaspora across centuries and continents. In creating a space for her characters’ interrupted lives and those of their elders and ancestors, Ferguson argues, Marshall trains a spotlight on slavery’s wake and engages her fiction in the service of healing deep global wounds.

Moira Ferguson is Professor of English at New York University in London. Her books include Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender, also published by SUNY Press, and Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670–1834.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438444208
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 183
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Moira Ferguson is Professor of English at New York University in London. Her books include Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender, also published by SUNY Press, and Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670–1834.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Wanting Brownstones; Why Brooklyn?

3. Soul Clap Hands and Sing: Sadness, Resistance, Redemption

4. A “Nation of Diabetics” meets Empire

5. Water and Nomenclature: Praisesong for the Widow

6. Paule Marshall’s Daughter’s: Wars of Independence

7. The Fisher King: New Beginnings and a Culmination

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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