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The Resource John Edgar Wideman : reclaiming the African personality, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia

John Edgar Wideman : reclaiming the African personality, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia

Label
John Edgar Wideman : reclaiming the African personality
Title
John Edgar Wideman
Title remainder
reclaiming the African personality
Statement of responsibility
Doreatha Drummond Mbalia
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • John Edgar Wideman's process of decentering himself from European life and culture and centering himself within African life and culture is the focus of this study
  • In this critical review of the works of Wideman, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia argues that the author's early writings are characterized by a self-hatred that is shaped by explicit and implicit messages he receives as an African living in a racist, capitalist society. These messages are reinforced by European-style, westernized familial and educational influences. However, Mbalia argues that once Wideman experiences several unfortunate family occurrences, witnesses the growing pride and dignity younger Africans feel in regard to their history, and simply "lives and learns," his perspective shifts from one that is clearly centered in European culture and tradition to one that is at the heart of African culture and tradition. This shift reflects a new way of seeing, thinking, and writing about himself, his family, the African community and its institutions, African people in general, and African women in particular
  • This shift in point of view is not reflected only in theme, but also in structure. In later works, Wideman's writing style no longer imitates that of such European writers as T.S. Eliot, but imitates that of the African community, with all of its jive, rap, and hokey-pokey nuances. Once Wideman sees himself as one of many Africans all over the world who are exploited and oppressed, his perspective broadens as well. In the later work, the point of view is no longer national in scope, but rather international, tackling such issues as apartheid in South Africa and reflecting the international scope of capitalism
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mbalia, Doreatha D
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3573.I26
LC item number
Z77 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wideman, John Edgar
  • Psychological fiction, American
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Personality and culture
  • American fiction
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans
  • Psychology in literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
Label
John Edgar Wideman : reclaiming the African personality, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-130) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. John Edgar Wideman: Reclaiming the African Personality -- 2. "Mean Mean Mean to be Free": The Evolution of Wideman's Consciousness -- 3. "And Arn't I A Woman": Wideman's Women -- 4. "The Mis-Education of the Negro": The Intellectual and the Community -- 5. "Thinking Black, Writing Rap": Wideman and the Writing Process -- 6. "How Would They Know?": Conclusion
Control code
31866851
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
132 pages
Isbn
9780945636786
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94047088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
John Edgar Wideman : reclaiming the African personality, Doreatha Drummond Mbalia
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-130) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. John Edgar Wideman: Reclaiming the African Personality -- 2. "Mean Mean Mean to be Free": The Evolution of Wideman's Consciousness -- 3. "And Arn't I A Woman": Wideman's Women -- 4. "The Mis-Education of the Negro": The Intellectual and the Community -- 5. "Thinking Black, Writing Rap": Wideman and the Writing Process -- 6. "How Would They Know?": Conclusion
Control code
31866851
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
132 pages
Isbn
9780945636786
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94047088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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