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The creative vision of Bessie Head, Coreen Brown

Label
The creative vision of Bessie Head
Title
The creative vision of Bessie Head
Statement of responsibility
Coreen Brown
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Creative Vision of Bessie Head examines Head's literary works in chronological order and reveals how each reflects Head's claim that "Every story or book starts with what I need." Drawing upon the revelations gleaned from Head's personal letters, this critical appraisal attempts to account for the way in which Bessie Head, born in South Africa in 1937, insists on a romantic resolution in order to compensate for the poverty, feelings of loneliness, and isolation she experiences as she struggles to survive in a racist and sexist society. Head's origins were less than fortunate, for as the child of a white woman committed to a mental institution and of a black father whose identity was never foreclosed, Head was fostered and then placed in an orphanage. As a single mother she sought exile in Botswana and it was here that she died prematurely in 1986." "The Bessie Head Papers, as yet unpublished, are housed in the Khama III Memorial Museum in Serowe, Botswana, and contain almost two thousand items, many of them personal letters to friends. These letters, a selection of which are included in the appendix herein, are a revealing commentary on the compulsion that provided for Head's creativity, especially with regards to the most complex of her novels. Speaking at her funeral a friend remarked that it was when she was writing that Head could push her fears and anxieties to one side and it was here that the 'realist and dreamer achieved a brief communion" (Eilerson 1995, 294). Thus, Head's creative vision, invoked at times of crises, shows clearly the nature of the artist's power and its value as a means to restore the equilibrium of society."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, Coreen
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9369.3.H4
LC item number
Z58 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Head, Bessie
  • Head, Bessie
  • Head, Bessie
  • Head, Bessie
  • Head, Bessie
  • Politics and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Romanticism
  • Racism in literature
  • Sexism in literature
  • Politique et littérature
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Romantisme
  • Racisme dans la littérature
  • Sexisme dans la littérature
  • Afrique du Sud dans la littérature
  • Literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Racism in literature
  • Romanticism
  • Sexism in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Literatur
  • Geschichte 1975-1993
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • Südafrika
Label
The creative vision of Bessie Head, Coreen Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A Selection of Head's Letters
  • The Literary Context of Head's Writing
  • The Cardinals
  • When Rain Clouds Gather
  • Maru
  • A Question of Power
  • The Collector of Treasures
  • Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind
  • A Bewitched Crossroad
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9780838639825
Lccn
2002014380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50583611
  • (OCoLC)ocm50583611
Label
The creative vision of Bessie Head, Coreen Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-239) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A Selection of Head's Letters
  • The Literary Context of Head's Writing
  • The Cardinals
  • When Rain Clouds Gather
  • Maru
  • A Question of Power
  • The Collector of Treasures
  • Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind
  • A Bewitched Crossroad
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9780838639825
Lccn
2002014380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50583611
  • (OCoLC)ocm50583611

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