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By Amy K. Levin

Africanism and Authenticity lines the ongoing impression of West African women's traditions and societies on late-twentieth-century literature through African-American girls. the 1st half the ebook specializes in how those impacts permeate either subject matter and imagery in novels through Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, and Gloria Naylor. the second one part makes a speciality of fresh neo-slave narratives as works that sprang from the African event instead of works that basically parallel the unique slave narratives. Levin is among the first writers to debate Toni Morrison's Paradise and Gloria Naylor's males of Brewster position. Amy Levin's research is the 1st to concentration so explicitly at the significance of West African women's traditions in modern writing via African-American girls. Levin demanding situations feminist reports of those writings by means of revealing the level to which these stories stay Eurocentric, whilst they query Afrocentric readings that draw purely on African male traditions as though they have been just like women's practices. In addressing those matters, Africanism and Authenticity is helping to refine the present dialogue of literary authenticity and records a particular culture that

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