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By Amy K. Levin

Africanism and Authenticity strains the ongoing impression of West African women's traditions and societies on late-twentieth-century literature via African-American ladies. the 1st 1/2 the ebook specializes in how those affects permeate either subject matter and imagery in novels by way of 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 adventure instead of works that simply parallel the unique slave narratives. Levin is without doubt one of the first writers to debate Toni Morrison's Paradise and Gloria Naylor's males of Brewster position. Amy Levin's examine is the 1st to concentration so explicitly at the significance of West African women's traditions in modern writing by way of African-American ladies. Levin demanding situations feminist experiences of those writings by way of revealing the level to which these reviews stay Eurocentric, at the same time they query Afrocentric readings that draw merely on African male traditions as though they have been almost like women's practices. In addressing those matters, Africanism and Authenticity is helping to refine the present dialogue of literary authenticity and files a particular culture that

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