Maya Angelous I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook

Paperback | April 8, 1999

byJoanne M. Braxton

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide,for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. Perhaps more than any other single text, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helped to establish the "mainstream" status of the renaissance in black women's writing. This casebook presents a variety of critical approaches to this classic autobiography, along with an exclusive interviewwith Angelou conducted specially for this volume and a unique drawing of her childhood surroundings in Stamps, Arkansas, drawn by Angelou herself.

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This casebook looks at esteemed author Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It presents several critical approaches to the classic autobiographical form. Angelou’s work established a strong following and resurrected a renaissance in black women’s writing. Joanne M. Braxton’s casebook contains an exclusive interview with Ange...

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components...

Joanne M. Braxton is at College of William and Mary.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.11 × 5.31 × 0.59 inPublished:April 8, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195116070

ISBN - 13:9780195116076

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Table of Contents

Joanne M. Braxton: Symbolic Geography and Psychic Literature, A Conversation with Maya AngelouDolly A. McPherson: Initiation and Self-DiscoveryOpal Moore: Learning to Live: When the Bird Breaks from the CageMary Vermillion: Reembodying the Self: Representations of Rape in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsPierre A. Walker: Racial Protest, Identity, Words, and FormSusan Gilbert: Paths to EscapeLiliane K. Arensberg: Death as Metaphor of SelfMary Jane Lupton: Singing the Black Mother: Maya Angelou and Autobiographical ContinuityClaudia Tate: Maya Angelou: An InterviewSelected Bibliography

From Our Editors

This casebook looks at esteemed author Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It presents several critical approaches to the classic autobiographical form. Angelou’s work established a strong following and resurrected a renaissance in black women’s writing. Joanne M. Braxton’s casebook contains an exclusive interview with Angelou along with one of her illustrations.

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"Could be easily enjoyed by scholars, students, and other interested readers... Such a series is timely and necessary, and illustrates the growing importance of ethnic American literature in education and society at large...Braxton's Casebook offers readers a valuable resource for studyingAngelou's text from a variety of perspectives." Rocky Mountain Review