Chapter 47. Alice Walker

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Maria Lauret Reader

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch47

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Lauret, M. (2009) Alice Walker, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch47

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Sussex, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Alice Walker - Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Color Purple (1982);
  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), In Love and Trouble (1973), Meridian (1976);
  • The Color Purple - partly about Celie's black speech;
  • Black militants seeing feminism as “white” thing, and they – men and women alike;
  • plot of Meridian - multiple flashbacks and ostensibly unrelated, freestanding, short stories;
  • In Search of Our Mothers'Gardens, - definition of Walker's version of feminism;
  • Walker's own writing, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens - a true memorial to Hurston;
  • The Color Purple - making of Alice Walker as a literary superstar;
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy - supplemented in 1993 with a film, Warrior Marks;
  • Walker - regarding suffering and activism as sides of the same coin

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading