The voices of African American women : the use of narrative and authorial voice in the works of Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker /

"During the last half of the twentieth century, a group of historically neglected but extremely powerful voices has emerged from the African American literary tradition. The voices of African American women have gathered strength from the suppressed tongues of their foremothers to provide insig...

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Main Author: Johnson, Yvonne, 1945- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : P. Lang, ©1998.
Series:American university studies. Series XXIV, American literature ; vol. 59.
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Main Author:Johnson, Yvonne, 1945-
Summary:"During the last half of the twentieth century, a group of historically neglected but extremely powerful voices has emerged from the African American literary tradition. The voices of African American women have gathered strength from the suppressed tongues of their foremothers to provide insight into the history, psyche, and spirit of the African American woman. Professor Johnson examines the narrative strategies, with particular emphasis on the authorial and narrative voices, of three texts written by African American women: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker."--Jacket.

During the last half of the twentieth century, a group of historically neglected but extremely powerful voices has emerged from the African American literary tradition. The voices of African American women have gathered strength from the suppressed tongues of their foremothers to provide insight into the history, psyche, and spirit of the African American woman. Professor Johnson examines the narrative strategies, with particular emphasis on the authorial and narrative voices, of three texts written by African American women: Incidents in the Lift of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

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Physical Description:157 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-152) and index.
ISBN:082042546X (alk. paper)
9780820425467
Author Notes:

Yvonne Johnson is a member of the Cree nation. She was imprisoned for first-degree murder in 1991 in the Kingston Federal Prison for Women before being transferred to the minimum security Okimaw Ohei Healing Lodge for Native Women in Saskatchewan in 1995.

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