ABC-CLIO Alice Walker is one of the most influential and controversial figures in twentieth-century American literature. This collection of essays represents a dispassionate scholarly effort to comprehend the essential elements of her prolific imagination, which celebrates women by chronicling their troubled journey from silence to self-expression and from pain to resistance. The essays fall largely into three main groups, focusing on Walker's most famous and controversial novel, The Color Purple, on her poetry, which has for too long met with critical neglect, and on her ecofeminist novel, The Temple of My Familiar. Highlights the essential elements of Alice Walker's prolific imagination by analyzing both her novels and her poems.
Book News A collection of critical essays on the controversial work of Alice Walker. Themes include the conjure woman as rhetor, a new reading of the heroine's story in The Color Purple , the civil and human rights poetry of Alice Walker, and questionable callings in stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louise Erdrich. Also discusses The Color Purple as an existential novel, the naked self in Alice Walker, and men in the margins of Alice Walker's fiction. The editor teaches African studies at the University of Arizona. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)