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Contemporary African American fiction : the open journey

Author: Robert Butler
Publisher: Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1998.
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The book argues that from its very beginnings African American journey narratives are distinctively "non-teleological"; that is, they typically resist being directed toward an end point in a particular place and instead exult in movement through indefinite space. They view movement as intrinsically valuable, a process of endless becoming rather than a carefully mapped journey resulting in a completed state of being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Butler, Robert, 1942-
Contemporary African American fiction.
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1998
(OCoLC)606992068
Named Person: Zora Neale Hurston; Richard Wright; Ralph Ellison; Alice Walker; Toni Morrison; Octavia E Butler; Octavia E Butler; Ralph Ellison; Zora Neale Hurston; Toni Morrison; Alice Walker; Richard Wright
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Butler
ISBN: 0838637876 9780838637876
OCLC Number: 38392049
Description: 163 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Stunted picaresques : Zora Neale Hurston's Their eyes were watching God and Richard Wright's Native son --
Ralph Ellison's Invisible man : exploring urban frontiers --
Alice Walker's The third life of Grange Copeland : black women and the picaresque tradition --
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon : dialectics of time and space --
Charles Johnson's Faith and the good thing : the open journey as metaphysical quest --
Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada : artistic prowess as endless voyage --
Sherley Anne William's Dessa Rose : clearing space in time --
Twenty-first-century journeys in Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the sower.
Responsibility: Robert Butler.

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A study of novels by black American writers such as Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, involving journeys.  Read more...

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