Binding Cultures

Binding Cultures

Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora
Gay Wilentz
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/1992
Format: paper 176 pages
5.5 x 8.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20714-2
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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.

Author Bio

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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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