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Conversations with Paule Marshall : Literary Conversations Series - James C. Hall

Conversations with Paule Marshall

Literary Conversations Series

By: James C. Hall (Editor), Heather Hathaway (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2010
ISBN: 9781604737431
Number Of Pages: 240

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Paule Marshall (b. 1929) is a major contributor to the canons of African American and Caribbean American literature. In 1959, she published her first novel, Brown Girl, Brownstones, and was quickly recognized as a writer of great talent and insight on important questions about gender, race, and immigration in American society. In 1981, the Feminist Press rediscovered her novel and reprinted it, earning Marshall the informal title of grandmother of the renaissance of African American women's writing that emerged in the early 1970s. Over the course of her fifty-year career, Marshall has published five novels, two collections of short stories, numerous essays, and a memoir. In recognition of her work, she has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and, in 1992, the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

Conversations with Paule Marshall is the first collection of her interviews, and as such it provides the first comprehensive account of the stages of this writer's life. The most recent conversation took place in 2009 following the publication of her memoir, Triangular Road; the oldest takes readers back to 1971, just after the publication of her second novel, The Chosen Place, the Timeless People. In this collection of interviews, Marshall discusses the sources of her writing, her involvement in the civil rights movement, her understanding of the relationship between art and politics (as framed, in part, by her discussions with Maya Angelou and Malcolm X), and her evolving understanding of the relationship between the wide wings of the African diaspora.

Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xvii
A Discussion with Dr. Hiram Haydn and Others on The Chosen Place, the Timeless Peoplep. 3
Re-Creating Ourselves All Over the World: A Conversation with Paule Marshallp. 31
In Celebration of Our Triumphp. 40
A Talk with Mary Helen Washingtonp. 54
Talk as a Form of Action: An Interview with Paule Marshallp. 59
PW Interviews Paule Marshallp. 72
Interview with Paule Marshallp. 77
A MELUS Interview: Paule Marshallp. 84
An Interview with Paule Marshallp. 96
Holding onto the Vision: Sylvia Baer Interviews Paule Marshallp. 116
The Booklist Interview: Paule Marshallp. 124
Meditations on Language and the Self: A Conversation with Paule Marshallp. 130
To Be in the World: An Interview with Paule Marshallp. 151
The Art and Politics of Paule Marshall: An Interviewp. 157
Paule Marshall on Race and Memoryp. 189
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9781604737431
ISBN-10: 1604737433
Series: Literary Conversations Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th September 2010
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.49