By Joanne M. Braxton
With the ongoing enlargement of the literary canon, multicultural works of contemporary literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an expanding significance for college kids and students of yank literature. This interesting new sequence assembles key files and feedback relating those works that experience so lately turn into important parts of the yankee literature curriculum. each one casebook will reprint records on the subject of the work's historic context and reception, current the simplest in severe essays, and while attainable, function an interview of the writer. The sequence will supply, for the 1st time, an available discussion board during which readers can come to a fuller knowing of those modern masterpieces and the original points of yank ethnic, racial, or cultural adventure that they so ably portray.Perhaps greater than the other unmarried textual content, Maya Angelou's i do know Why the Caged chicken Sings helped to set up the "mainstream" prestige of the renaissance in black women's writing. This casebook offers numerous serious ways to this vintage autobiography, besides an particular interview with Angelou carried out in particular for this quantity and a distinct drawing of her early life atmosphere in Stamps, Arkansas, drawn by means of the Angelou herself.
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The sound of the new morning had been replaced with grumbling about cheating houses, skimpy cotton and dusty rows. In later years I was to confront the stereotyped picture of gay song-singing cotton pickers with such inordinate rage that 1 was told even by fellow Blacks that my paranoia was embarrassing. But I had seen the fingers cut by the mean little cotton bolls, and I had witnessed the backs and shoulders and arms and legs resisting any further demand. 27 In cotton-picking time, the late afternoons reveal the harshness of black Southern life, which in the early morning had been softened by nature's blessing of grogginess, forgetfulness, and the soft lamplight.
Fields, 152. 15. Dolly McPherson, Order Out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou (London: Virago Press, 1991), 23 and 22. id. Moore, 306, 308, and 314. 17. Mary Vermillion, "Reembodying the Self: Representations of Rape in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and 1 Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Biography: An International Quarterly 15, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 244. 18. , 245. 19. Pierre A. Walker, "Racial Protest, Identity, Words, and Form in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," College literature 22, no.
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