Table of Contents:
  • 1.. Introduction: Alice Walker, A Woman Walking into Peril / Ikenna Dieke
  • 2.. The Occupational Hazard: The Loss of Historical Context in Twentieth-Century Feminist Readings, and a New Reading of the Heroine's Story in Alice Walker's The Color Purple / Dror Abend-David
  • 3.. Heritage and Deracination in Walker's "Everyday Use" / David Cowart
  • 4.. Alice Walker's Womanist Magic: The Conjure Woman as Rhetor / Catherine A. Colton
  • 5.. When a Convent Seems the Only Viable Choice: Questionable Callings in Stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louse Erdrich / Margaret D. Bauer
  • 6.. Creating Generations: The Relationship Between Celie and Shug in Alice Walker's The Color Purple / E. Ellen Barker
  • 7.. Alice Walker and the "Man Question" / Pia Thielmann
  • 8.. Revolutionary Stanzas: The Civil and Human Rights Poetry of Alice Walker / Jeffrey L. Coleman
  • 9.. The Color Purple: An Existential Novel
  • 10.. Alice Walker's Redemptive Art / Felipe Smith
  • 11.. Walker's The Temple of My Familiar: Womanist as Monistic Idealist / Ikenna Dieke
  • 12.. Alice Walker's American Quilt: The Color Purple and American Literary Tradition / Priscilla Leder
  • 13.. Who Touches This Touches a Woman: The Naked Self in Alice Walker / Ruth D. Weston
  • 14.. "Nothing can be sole or whole that has not been rent": Fragmentation in the Quilt and The Color Purple / Judy Elsley
  • 15.. A Matter of Focus: Men in the Margins of Alice Walker's Fiction / Erna Kelly
  • 16.. "What She Got to Sing About?": Comedy and The Color Purple / Priscilla L. Walton
  • 17.. Alice Walker: Poesy and the Earthling Psyche / Ikenna Dieke
  • Appendix. Chronology
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Contributors

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