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Binding Cultures : Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora - Gay Wilentz

Binding Cultures

Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora

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Published: 22nd May 1992
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"Wilentz... makes convincing arguments for the connections between African and Afro-American women's culture." -- Nellie McKay

"Wilentz's jargon-free, intelligent discussion... will appeal to students in African, African American, and women's literature courses, as well as general readers interested in the emerging field." -- Choice

"Through these works, Wilentz demonstrates the powerful transformation possible through understanding -- and embracing -- the past, even if that past includes oppression and brutalization." -- Belles Lettres

Binding Cultures investigates the cultural bonds between African and African-American women writers such as Nigerian Flora Nwapa and Ghanaians Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, writers who focus on the role of women in passing on cultural values to future generations, and African-American writers Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Paule Marshall, who self-consciously evoke African culture to help create a more integrated African-American community.

"Wilentz's jargon-free, intelligent discussion ... will appeal to students in African, African American, and women's literature courses, as well as general readers interested in the emerging field." Choice "Through these works, Wilentz demonstrates the powerful transformation possible through understanding - and embracing - the past, even if that past includes oppression and brutalization." Belles Lettres "The theoretical apparatus which forms the foundation [of Binding Cultures] will cause it to be a source that succeeding critics will not be able to ignore... Wilentz has done her research thoroughly, and makes convincing arguments for the connections between African and Afro-American women's culture." Nellie McKay

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Africans
Flora Nwapa, Efurup. 3
Efua Sutherland, Foriwap. 20
Ama Ata Aidoo, The Dilemma of a Ghostp. 38
The African-Americans
Alice Walker, The Color Purplep. 61
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomonp. 81
Paule Marshall, Praisesong for the Widowp. 99
Conclusionp. 116
Notesp. 121
Works Cited and Select Bibliographyp. 127
Indexp. 135
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ISBN: 9780253207142
ISBN-10: 0253207142
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 22nd May 1992
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25