Binding Cultures

Binding Cultures : Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 14mm | 260g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253207142
  • 9780253207142

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Binding cultures examines the bonds between African and African American women. The writings of west African authors Flora Nwapa, Efua Sutherland, and Ama Ata Aidoo focus on the role of women in handling down cultural values to future generations.
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About Gay Wilentz

GAY WILENTZ is Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University. She has published essays in College English, Research in African Literatures, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, and MELUS.
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"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
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction I The Africans 1 Flora Nwapa, Efuru 2 Efua Sutherland, Foriwa 3 Ama Ata Aidoo, The Dilemma of a Ghost II The African-Americans 4 Alice Walker, The Color Purple 5 Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon 6 Paule Marshall, Praisesong for the Widow Conclusion Notes Works Cited and Select Bibliography Index
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