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By Ana Nunes

This quantity explores African American old fiction written through girls within the final 4 a long time of the 20th century. entire in scope, this publication refers to over thirty authors whose work has contributed to the culture, from Margaret Walker to Sherley Anne Williams to Toni Morrison. Ana Nunes’s approach to the text emphasizes the narrative and thematic achievements of person novels against the backdrop of the most developments and advancements of the modern African American ancient novel.

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In others words, Walker accounts for those African American traditions and values that were communicated through the ages via word of mouth, revealing a rich culture that survived and developed apart from the printed word. Walker used folk speech to present an authentic representation of a world both constructed and expressed in folklore terms. She attributed folk speech patterns to her characters to reclaim her ancestors’ African American oral tradition. For example, her use of the Georgian slave dialect differed substantially from Harper’s application of the vernacular in her novels.

Indd 39 3/10/11 8:38 AM 40 AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS’ HISTORICAL FICTION gradually dependent on the natural increase of the enslaved population. In this peculiar institution very little was left to chance, and the reproduction of the labor force was a topic much discussed by slave owners. In Ar’n’t I a Woman? ”80 White also argues that once reproduction was introduced in the public arena, so was black female sexuality. ”81 The exposure of the black female body stripped and handled in slave auctions and at whipping posts and the lack of clothing appropriate to weather conditions and the prevailing sense of decorum also encouraged the construct of the African woman as an amoral sexual being.

40 The writer conflated the memory of her grandmother’s words with meticulous research carried out over thirty years. ”41 The recognition of the precedence of the oral text over the written word is fundamental to understanding the nature and form of Walker’s novel. ”42 Walker’s ambition was to recreate the periods of slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction from a point of view that she understood as historically accurate. Studying the myriad layers of historical narratives, she created a historical context in which to give shape to her grandmother’s oral narrative.

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