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Assuming the role of the African American griotte of her generation, Gloria Naylor seeks to recover and remember the eroded history of female archetypes in order to overcome the pain that a patriarchal, misogynist society has caused for Black women. Through revisiting and revising Biblical master narratives and Judeo-Christian imagery, Naylor sets out to tell the whole story of a truncated history. In great detail, this book throws light on Naylor’s literary revisionism against the backdrop of a radical Black Feminist Liberation Theology and a matrifocal Africana Womanism. In an analysis that fuses the impact of residual oral narration, geo-psychic spaces, and the rediscovery of a Jungian mother pattern, it becomes clear that characters and plot symbiotically enter into the all-encompassing realm of the feminine, creative life force. It is here that Naylor carves out a living space for a new generation of African American women.
About the Author
Dorothea Buehler is a graduate from the University of Würzburg. She is currently working at the English Department at Centralia College in Washington State.
Table of Contents
Contents: New Wine in Old Skins: Revision of Christian Mythology – Biblical Appropriation in the African American Context – Bible meets Blues – A Lost and Ancient Song – Nommos: The Power of the Spoken Word – The Ties that Bind: of Mothers, Virgins, and Whores – The Biblical Quilt – The Mother Pattern – Archmothers and Controlling Images – The Tragic Loss of Mother – The Othermothers – The Virgin-Whore Dichotomy – Between Culprit and Scapegoat: Negotiating the Male – Geo-psychic Spaces – Spaces of Otherness – The Gendered Space – Telling the Whole Story – Literary Activism – Redemption in Writing.