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"There's a way to alter the pain" : biblical revision and African tradition in the fictional cosmology of Gloria Naylor's "Mama Day" and "Bailey's Cafe"

Author: Dorothea Buehler
Publisher: Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 2012.
Dissertation: Inaug.--Diss.--Doctoral (Julius-Maximilians-Universität), Würzburg, 2011.
Series: Moderne, Kulturen, Relationen, Bd. 14.
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Assuming the role of the African American griotte of her generation, Gloria Naylor seeks to recover and remember the eroded history of female archetypes in order to overcome the pain that a patriarchal, misogynist society has caused for Black women. Through revisiting and revising Biblical master narratives and Judeo-Christian imagery, Naylor sets out to tell the whole story of a truncated history. In great detail,  Read more...
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Buehler, Dorothea.
"There's a way to alter the pain".
Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 2012
(OCoLC)828205921
Named Person: Gloria Naylor; Gloria Naylor; Gloria Naylor; Gloria Naylor
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothea Buehler
ISBN: 9783653033700 3653033705
OCLC Number: 848920581
Description: 1 online resource (271 pages).
Contents: Cover; Acknowledgments; List of Contents; 1. Introduction; 2. New Wine in Old Skins: Revision of Christian Mythology; 2.1. Biblical Appropriation in African American Literary Context; 2.2. Overview of Naylor's Revisionist Elements; 3. The Pillars of Naylor's Fictional Cosmos; 3.1. Setting the Tone; 3.1.1. Bailey's Café: Bible meets Blues; 3.1.2. Mama Day: A "Lost and Ancient Song"; 3.1.3. Synopsis; 3.1.3.1. Reader-Text Interaction; 3.1.3.2. Nommos: the Power of the Spoken Word; 3.2. The Ties That Bind: Of Mothers, Virgins, and Whores; 3.2.1. The Biblical Quilt; 3.2.1.1. Mama Day. 3.2.1.2. Bailey's Café3.2.2. The Mother Pattern; 3.2.2.1. Mama Day; 3.2.2.1.1. The Arch-mother: Sapphira; 3.2.2.1.2. The Mediator: Mama Day; 3.2.2.1.3. The Disciple: Cocoa; 3.2.2.2. Bailey's Café; 3.2.2.2.1. Archmothers and Controlling Images; 3.2.2.2.2. The Tragic Loss of Mothers; 3.2.2.3. Synopsis: The "Othermothers"; 3.2.3. Sexuality: The Virgin --
Whore Dichotomy; 3.2.3.1. The Soloists of Bailey's Café; 3.2.3.2. Mama Day's Maternal Body; 3.2.3.3. Between Culprit and Scapegoat: Negotiating the Male; 3.3. Geo-psychic Spaces; 3.3.1. Cosmogony; 3.3.2. Spaces of "Otherness"" 3.3.2.1. Home in Ruins: Negotiating the Domestic Space3.3.2.2. Sacred Space, Secret Space; 3.3.3. Synopsis: The Gendered Space; 4. Telling the Whole Story; 4.1. Naylor --
the Griotte; 4.2. Every Mother a Daughter; 4.3. Naylor's Literary Activism; 4.4. Redemption in Rewriting; 5. Conclusion; Bibliography.
Series Title: Moderne, Kulturen, Relationen, Bd. 14.
Responsibility: Dorothea Buehler.
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The author Gloria Naylor seeks to recover and remember the eroded history of female archetypes in order to overcome the pain that a patriarchal, misogynist society has caused for Black women. This  Read more...

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