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Montgomery, Maxine Lavon 1959-

Works: 12 works in 39 publications in 1 language and 5,037 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3564.A895, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Maxine Lavon Montgomery
The apocalypse in African-American fiction by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this exploration of the relationship between biblical apocalypse and black fiction, Maxine Montgomery argues that American writers see apocalyptic events in an intermediate and secular sense, as a tenable response to racial oppression. This work analyzes the characters, plots, and themes of seven novels that rely on the apocalyptic trope
Conversations with Gloria Naylor by Gloria Naylor( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Contested Boundaries : New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contested Boundaries aims to map the space between A Mercy, Toni Morrison's ninth and arguably most enigmatic novel, and the fiction comprising the author's multiple-text canon. The volume accomplishes this through the inclusion of eight original essays representing a range of critical approaches that trouble narrative boundaries demarcating the novels included in Morrison's evolving opus, with A Mercy serving as a locus for discussion of her re-figuration of concerns central to her narrative
The modern black novelist and the apocalyptic tradition by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Edwidge Danticat by Edwidge Danticat( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume sheds a much-needed light on Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969) and her ability to depict timely issues in sparkling prose that delves deep into the borderlands, an uncharted in-between space located outside fixed geographic, cultural, and ideological bounds. Prevalent throughout many interviews here is Danticat's expressed determination not only to reveal Haitian immigrant experience, but also to make that nuanced culture and its vibrant traditions accessible to a wide audience. These interviews coincide with Edwidge Danticat's evolving artistic vision, her steady book publication, and her expanding roles as fiction writer, essayist, memoirist, documentarian, young adult book author, editor, songwriter, cultural critic, and political commentator. Dating from her appearance on the literary scene at the age of twenty-five, the many interviews that she has granted attest to not only her productivity, but also her accessibility to scholars, teachers, writers, and journalists eager for knowledge about her vision. Included in this volume are interviews that range from 2000, covering the publication of her debut work of fiction, Breath, Eyes, Memory, to a personal interview conducted with the volume editor in 2016. In that conversation, which appears for the first time as part of this collection, Danticat provides insight into little-known aspects of her life, art, and politics. Her candid interviews carry out a careful stripping away of preconceived notions of Danticat, disclosing the private and public life of a first-class writer and intellectual whose countless achievements have assured her an enduring place within contemporary world letters."--
The image of Apocalypse in African-American fiction by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"My soul looks back" : exhuming buried (hi)stories in The Chaneysville incident, Dessa Rose, and Beloved by Anita P Wholuba( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Seeing is believing : exploring the intertextuality of aural and written blues in Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Café, Gayl Jones' Corregidora and Toni Morrison's Jazz by Chrishawn A Speller( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Race-ing the goddess : Gloria Naylor's Mama day and Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret life of bees by Joni J Mayfield( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fire this time : apocalypse and the African American novel tradition by Maxine Lavon Montgomery( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Conversations with Gloria Naylor
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Lavon Montgomery, Maxine 1959-

Montgomery, Maxine L.

Montgomery, Maxine L. 1959-

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The fiction of Gloria Naylor : houses and spaces of resistance