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The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance, Maxine Lavon Montgomery

Label
The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance
Title
The fiction of Gloria Naylor
Title remainder
houses and spaces of resistance
Statement of responsibility
Maxine Lavon Montgomery
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Fiction of Gloria Naylor is one of the very first critical studies of this acclaimed writer. Including an insightful interview with Naylor and focusing on her first four novels, the book situates various acts of insurgency throughout her work within a larger framework of African American opposition to hegemonic authority. But what truly distinguishes this volume is its engagement with African American vernacular forms and twentieth-century political movements. In her provocative analysis, Maxine Lavon Montgomery argues that Naylor constantly attempts to reconfigure the home and homespace to be more conducive to black self-actualization, thus providing a stark contrast to a dominant white patriarchy evident in a broader public sphere. Employing a postcolonial and feminist theoretical framework to analyze Naylor's evolving body of work, Montgomery pays particular attention to black slave historiography, tales of conjure, trickster lore, and oral devices involving masking, word play, and code-switching -- the vernacular strategies that have catapulted Naylor to the vanguard of contemporary African American letters. Montgomery argues for the existence of home as a place that is not exclusively architectural or geographic in nature. She posits that in Naylor's writings home exists as an intermediate space embedded in cultural memory and encoded in the vernacular. Home closely resembles a highly symbolic, signifying system bound with vexed issues of racial sovereignty as well as literary authority. Through a re-inscription of the subversive, frequently clandestine acts of resistance on the part of the border subject -- those outside the dominant culture -- Naylor recasts space in such a way as to undermine reader expectation and destabilize established models of dominance, influence, and control. Thoroughly researched and sophisticated in its approach, The Fiction of Gloria Naylor will be essential reading for scholars and students of African American, American, and Africana Literary and Cultural studies."--publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Montgomery, Maxine Lavon
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3564.A895
LC item number
Z77 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Naylor, Gloria
  • Naylor, Gloria
  • Naylor, Gloria
  • African American women in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Home in literature
  • Autonomy in literature
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in literature
  • Roman
  • African American women in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Autonomy in literature
  • Home in literature
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in literature
Label
The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance, Maxine Lavon Montgomery
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Navigating a blues landscape : The women of Brewster Place -- Burning down the master's house : Linden Hills -- Finding peace in the middle : Mama Day -- Mapping the new world order : Bailey's Café
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 115 p.
Isbn
9781572337220
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015360
System control number
  • (OCoLC)609101082
  • (OCoLC)ocn609101082
Label
The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance, Maxine Lavon Montgomery
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Navigating a blues landscape : The women of Brewster Place -- Burning down the master's house : Linden Hills -- Finding peace in the middle : Mama Day -- Mapping the new world order : Bailey's Café
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 115 p.
Isbn
9781572337220
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015360
System control number
  • (OCoLC)609101082
  • (OCoLC)ocn609101082

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