Ana Nunes's African American Women Writers' Historical Fiction PDF

By Ana Nunes

ISBN-10: 0230112536

ISBN-13: 9780230112537

This quantity explores African American historic fiction written by means of ladies within the final 4 a long time of the 20th century. finished in scope, this e-book refers to over thirty authors whose work has contributed to the culture, from Margaret Walker to Sherley Anne Williams to Toni Morrison. Ana Nunes’s approach to the text emphasizes the narrative and thematic achievements of person novels against the backdrop of the most developments and advancements of the modern African American historic novel.

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5 These incidents, lived and told by the people who had a decisive influence in the formation of young Walker’s character, remained with her all her life and began to instill in her a desire to understand the roots of racial discrimination and to contest social inequality. Despite these difficulties, Walker had the advantage of a black middleclass upbringing, which supported and stimulated the writer in the making. Her parents were both university lecturers and placed great emphasis on formal education.

In this way, Jubilee is a patchwork made up of story, history, and imagination. Walker used written sources to “undergird the oral tradition,”43 to use her own words. indd 32 3/10/11 8:38 AM SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT 33 history that was fundamentally different from a Southern white or Northern white viewpoint or previous black versions but nonetheless a perspective. To validate not only the uniqueness of her grandmother’s narrative but also the distinctiveness of African American history and experience, she used black lore as the framework and bedrock of her novel.

Indd 24 3/9/11 11:13 AM 2 Setting the Record Straight Margaret Walker’s Jubilee Contexts O ne of the twentieth-century writers who followed in the steps of her African American literary foremothers, taking into account not only the content and direction of her artistic project but also the course of her life, was Margaret Walker: poet, novelist, essayist, political activist, and lecturer. ”3 Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander was born in 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama. At the age of ten, she moved with her family to New Orleans, where she completed her secondary education and began studies at New Orleans University (Dillard University) until, encouraged by Langston Hughes, she left the South and entered Northwestern University in Illinois.

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