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"Their past in my blood": Paule Marshall, Gayl Jones, and Octavia Butler's response to the Black aesthetic

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Freeman,Williamenia Miranda Walker (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2010
URL:
http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/docview/821848243/fulltextPDF/B876FCAF871E4B4CPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Barbados, Blacks, Authors, Literature, African Americans, Women, Marshall, Paule, 1929-, Butler, Octavia E., Black aesthetic, Racial reconciliation, Jones, Gayl, 1949-
Notes:
195 p., Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People (1969), Gayl Jones' Corregidora (1975), and Octavia Butler's Kindred (1979) enhance our conceptualization of black aestheticism and black nationalism as cultural and political movements. The writers use the novel as genre to question the ideological paradigm of a black nationalist aesthetic by providing alternative definitions of community, black women's sexuality, and race relations. Because of the ways in which these writers respond to black aestheticism and black nationalism, they transform our understanding of movements often perceived as sexist, racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic.