Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women

Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women

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The literary tradition begun by Zora Neale Hurston in the 1930s has since flourished and taken new directions with a diverse body of fiction by more contemporary African-American women writers. This book examines the treatment of domestic violence in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gayl Jones's Corregidora, Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place and Linden Hills, Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Love, Terry McMillan's Mama and A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and Octavia Butler's Seed to Harvest. These novels have given voice to oppressed and abused women. The aims of this work are threefold: to examine how female African American novelists portray domestic abuse; to outline how literary depictions of domestic violence are responsive to cultural and historical forces; and to explore the literary tradition of novels that deal with domestic abuse within the African American community.Zora Neale Hurston is not merely important to African American literature, but she , as MarAsa FrAsas Rudolphi emphasizes in her essay a€œMarriage Doesna#39;t Make Love: Zora Neale Hurstona#39;s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a€ is a writer a€œcanonizedanbsp;...

Title:Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women
Author:Heather Duerre Humann
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-05-21


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