RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 40061239 LA English T1 Understanding Gloria Naylor A1 Whitt, Margaret Earley,, PB University of South Carolina Press PP Columbia YR 1999 SN 1570032734 9781570032738 1570031894 9781570031892 AB "Understanding Gloria Naylor introduces readers to the literal and mythical places, recurring characters, and rich literary allusions that distinguish Naylor's award-winning fiction. Margaret Earley Whitt offers a thorough introduction to Naylor's first five novels, underscoring the passion with which Naylor writes about women living on the margins of their communities. Whitt discloses how Naylor tells the stories of these women on multiple levels and how she helps readers see that all heroines live a life of significance." "Tracing Naylor's development of the theme of black community, especially among women, Whitt shows how characters move from poverty and isolation to a place where they transcend the racism and sexism that constrict their lives."--Jacket.