Alice Walker by Maria LauretAlice Walker by Maria Lauret

Alice Walker

byMaria Lauret

Hardcover | January 2, 2000

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Since the publication of The Color Purple in 1983, Alice Walker has gained a reputation as one of the most popular and most controversial writers in the African American literary tradition. This book explains Walker's project as a "womanist" writer and as a cultural and political activist who increasingly styles herself as a New Age visionary. The author traces Walker's distinctive themes of child abuse and women's sexuality and shows the development of Walker's theories of racial hybridity, spirituality and goddess worship as well as her treatment of African American history. In an original reading of her oeuvre, Lauret shows convincingly that Walker continues to stretch her own, and her readers', imaginative visions.
Maria Lauret teaches American Studies at the University of Sussex.
Title:Alice WalkerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.84 × 6.76 × 0.86 inPublished:January 2, 2000Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312224311

ISBN - 13:9780312224318


Table of Contents

Alice Walker's Life and Work: The Essays * The Third Life of Grange Copeland * Meridian * The Color Purple * The Temple of My Familiar * Possessing the Secret of Joy * A Writer's Activism: Alice Walker, Her Critics, and "the" Tradition * Postscript: By the Light of My Father's Smile