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A strong argument for extending the bounds of what's classified as American literature

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They have contributed immensely to the rewriting of a more just and complete American history, which would rescue the memories of the forgotten, the women, the blacks, other nonwhites, and the poor. 58 Marshall, Morrison, and Jones have attempted to reread and better comprehend their own past as women and blacks in the United States by setting that history within an inter-American framework. " Their novels represent the confluence of interests and affirmations that so remarkably characterized the moment in history when the movement for women's freedom paralleled the black struggle and the civilian protest against the Vietnam War.

4. Marshall, Paule, 1929 Criticism and interpretation. 5. Morrison, ToniCriticism and interpretation. 6. Jones, Gayl Criticism and interpretation. 7. Caribbean AreaIn literature. 8. Afro-Americans in literature. 9. Sex role in literature. 10. BrazilIn literature. I. Title. 54099287'08996073dc20 94-30421 CIP Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Preface ix 1. Stepping-Stones between the Americas: The Works of Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Gayl Jones 1 2. From the Natives' Point of View: The Ethnographic Novels of Paule Marshall 27 3.

7 Through close reading of specific works by Morrison, Marshall, and Jones, I propose to examine the various ways in which their storytelling constructs inter-American bridges. These can be formed through intertextuality, through their intervention in the historical debate over gender and race relations in the New World, through the ethnographic representation of black culture and the affirmation of African roots, or through the exploration of postcolonial relations of power in and between nation-states of the American continent.

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