Alice Walker: The Color Purple

Alice Walker: The Color Purple

by Rachel Lister


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Alice Walker: The Color Purple by Rachel Lister

Since its publication in 1982, The Color Purple has polarized critics and generated controversy while delighting many readers around the world. Rachel Lister offers a clear, stimulating and wide-ranging exploration of the critical history of Alice Walker's best-selling novel, from contemporary reviews through to twenty-first-century readings.

This Reader's Guide

opens with an overview of Walker's work

provides a detailed consideration of the conception and reception The Color Purple

examines coverage of key critical issues and debates such as Walker's use of generic conventions, linguistic and narrative strategies, race, class, gender and sexual politics.

covers the reception and cultural impact of cinematic and musical adaptations, including Steven Spilberg's 1985 film and the recent Broadway production.

Lively and insightful, this is an indispensible volume for anyone studying, or simply interested in, Alice Walker and her most famous work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230201866
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

RACHEL LISTER is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, University of Durham, UK.

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