By Amy K. Levin

Africanism and Authenticity lines the continued effect of West African women's traditions and societies on late-twentieth-century literature by means of African-American girls. the 1st half the booklet specializes in how those affects permeate either topic and imagery in novels by means of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, and Gloria Naylor. the second one part specializes in contemporary neo-slave narratives as works that sprang from the African adventure instead of works that in simple terms parallel the unique slave narratives. Levin is without doubt one of the first writers to debate Toni Morrison's Paradise and Gloria Naylor's males of Brewster position. Amy Levin's examine is the 1st to concentration so explicitly at the significance of West African women's traditions in modern writing by means of African-American ladies. Levin demanding situations feminist stories of those writings through revealing the level to which these experiences stay Eurocentric, while they query Afrocentric readings that draw simply on African male traditions as though they have been just like women's practices. In addressing those matters, Africanism and Authenticity is helping to refine the present dialogue of literary authenticity and files a particular culture that

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