In Ten Is the Age of Darkness, Geta LeSeur explores how black authors of the U.S. and English- talking Caribbean have taken a ecu literary culture and tailored it to slot their very own wishes for self-expression. LeSeur starts through defining the constitution and types of the ecu style of the bildungsroman, then proceeds to teach how the conditions of colonialism, oppression, race, category, and gender make the maturing studies of chosen younger black protagonists varied from these in their white counterparts.

Examining the parallels and transformations in attitudes towards youth within the West Indies and the USA, in addition to the writers' person views in every one paintings of fiction, LeSeur reaches fascinating conclusions approximately kin lifestyles, group participation within the nurturing of kids, the timing and severity of the kids' war of words of grownup society, and the function performed via race within the trip towards adulthood.

LeSeur's readings of African American novels supply new insights into the paintings of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, and Richard Wright, between others. while learn as examples of the bildungsroman instead of easily as chronicles of black stories, those works show an excellent deeper value and feature a extra robust effect. LeSeur convincingly demonstrates that such African American novels as Baldwin's cross inform It at the Mountain, Wright's Black Boy, and Morrison's The Bluest Eye focus to a wide quantity on protest, whereas such African West Indian works as George Lamming's within the fortress of My dermis, Austin Clarke's among Thistles and Thorns, Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, and Erna Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will quickly Come domestic mirror a extra naive, fit new version of what youth can and may be, regardless of fiscal and actual impoverishment. She additionally offers a distinct house in the style to Paule Marshall's BrownGirl, Brownstones and Ntozake Shange's Betsey Brown and the significance of "woman time," "woman voice," and mothers.

While enlarging our figuring out of either the similarities and the diversities within the black reviews of the Carribean and American kids coming of age, Ten Is the Age of Darkness additionally means that childrens of colour in related spheres proportion many universal stories. LeSeur concludes that the bildungsromane through black writers supply uniquely revealing contributions to the Afro-World literary canon and element the way in which for others to envision literary items in 3rd global groups of color.

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