Reclaiming Community in Contemporary African American Fiction (Paperback)Philip Page (author)
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For close examination of this theme, Philip Page brings together five novelists who are in the forefront of contemporary fiction--Toni Cade Bambara, Ernest Gaines, Charles Johnson, Gloria Naylor, and John Edgar Wideman. As their voices combine for an ongoing dialogue on the importance of community in the African-American world, they articulate the problems and the potential for African-American culture and for America itself.
Page's lucid explications of seventeen of their works show these authors speaking more thoroughly and more forcefully than any other contemporary writers on the meaning of community to the lives of individuals combating forces that alienate them. Their novels discover that the complex bonds uniting and redeeming the community also empower individuals. In the achievement of the African-American community each novelist sees ways to rebuild and reshape America.
Gaining its special force through voicing national concerns and through never backing away from the truth in the face of stubborn opposition, the fiction of these five writers contributes to postmodernist debates on race, the repressed past, and the contemporary American conscience.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
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