Critical Essays on Bessie Head (Hardback)
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Critical Essays on Bessie Head (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 30/09/2003
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Through narrative and rhetorical strategies that subvert genre and challenge the discourse of race and gender, black South African woman writer Bessie Head creates alternative healing spaces that empower and enoble the marginalized, provide potential for transcendence and self-creation, and render ineffective the power of language to subjugate. This book features new critical material on her life and works and explores the techniques she uses to inscribe an idealistic vision in response to the psychic fragmentation and rootlessness she experienced as an exile. The traumatized characters of When Rain Clouds Gather reflect Head's own use of agriculture and writing as means of coping with her suffering. Maru is a radical subversion of the romance genre, arguing for black women's need for space as creators. A Question of Power employs madness as a potential site of resistance to official constructions of reality. Viewed from the Lacanian association of the incest taboo and the entry into language, The Cardinals proposes a cosmic realm as an alternative to the categorical edicts of patriarchal language. And endowed with a didactic voice, the narrator of The Collector of Treasures claims the authority of several hundred groups to critique the patriarchal society she views. The contributors to this volume draw on new biographical information as well as Head's private papers.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313315572
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
Edition: Annotated edition


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"[A] nicely balanced set of eight studies....The balance works well, alternating some deep textual and theoretical readings with some finely researched pieces that illuminate little known areas of Bessie Head's life and influences....[t]his is a worthy and valuable addition to the body of scholarship on Bessie Head's work and times, and Maxine Sample and her collaborators should be commended."-African Studies Review
"[A]n impressive collection of essays on Bessie Head."-Research in African Literatures
"[T]imely and admirable....Recommended. College and university libraries serving students and scholars at all levels."-Choice
"[O]pens the way to a more detailed study of her life and work, providing annotated references to a wide range of critical and biographical works."-International Journal of African Historical Studies
" A n impressive collection of essays on Bessie Head."-Research in African Literatures
" T imely and admirable....Recommended. College and university libraries serving students and scholars at all levels."-Choice
" O pens the way to a more detailed study of her life and work, providing annotated references to a wide range of critical and biographical works."-International Journal of African Historical Studies
" A nicely balanced set of eight studies....The balance works well, alternating some deep textual and theoretical readings with some finely researched pieces that illuminate little known areas of Bessie Head's life and influences.... t his is a worthy and valuable addition to the body of scholarship on Bessie Head's work and times, and Maxine Sample and her collaborators should be commended."-African Studies Review
?[A]n impressive collection of essays on Bessie Head.?-Research in African Literatures
?[T]imely and admirable....Recommended. College and university libraries serving students and scholars at all levels.?-Choice
?[O]pens the way to a more detailed study of her life and work, providing annotated references to a wide range of critical and biographical works.?-International Journal of African Historical Studies
?[A] nicely balanced set of eight studies....The balance works well, alternating some deep textual and theoretical readings with some finely researched pieces that illuminate little known areas of Bessie Head's life and influences....[t]his is a worthy and valuable addition to the body of scholarship on Bessie Head's work and times, and Maxine Sample and her collaborators should be commended.?-African Studies Review

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