Theory[ edit ] Womanist theory, while diverse, holds at its core that both femininity and culture are equally important to the woman's existence. In this conception one's femininity cannot be stripped from the culture within which it exists. The difference lies in the valuation placed on intersectionality within the theoretical frameworks. In discussing womanist theory, one must acknowledge the racism that was perceived by black women in the feminist movement.
Novels Alice Walker is an African American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Walker's creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture, particularly in the rural South. Her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women and embraces the redemptive power of social and political revolution.
Walker began publishing her fiction and poetry during the latter years of the Black Arts movement in the s. Her work, along with that of such writers as Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor, however, is commonly associated with the posts surge in African American women's literature.
The precocious spirit that distinguished Walker's personality during her early years vanished at the age of eight, when her brother scarred and blinded her right eye with a BB gun in a game of cowboys and Indians.
Teased by her classmates and misunderstood by her family, Walker became a shy, reclusive youth. Much of her embarrassment dwindled after a doctor removed the scar tissue six years later.
Although Walker eventually became high school prom queen and class valedictorian, she continued to feel like an outsider, nurturing a passion for reading and writing poetry in solitude. In Walker left Eatonton for Spelman Collegea prominent school for black women in Atlantaon a state scholarship.
During the two years she attended Spelman she became active in the civil rights movement. After transferring to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Walker continued her studies as well as her involvement in civil rights.
In she was invited to the home of Martin Luther King Jr. Two years after receiving her B. They lived in Jackson, Mississippi, where Walker worked as the black history consultant for a Head Start program. When her marriage to Leventhal ended inWalker moved to northern California, where she lives and writes today.
She supports antinuclear and environmental causes, and her protests against the oppressive rituals of female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East make her a vocal advocate for international women's rights.
Walker has served as a contributing editor of Ms. Walker's appreciation for her matrilineal literary history is evidenced by the numerous reviews and articles she has published to acquaint new generations of readers with writers like Zora Neale Hurston. A Zora Neale Hurston Readerwas particularly instrumental in bringing Hurston's work back into print.
Poetry The poems in Walker's first volume, Onceare based on her experiences during the civil rights movement and her travels to Africa.
Influenced by Japanese haiku and the philosophy of author Albert Camus, Once also contains meditations on love and suicide. Indeed, after Walker visited Africa during the summer ofshe had struggled with an unwanted pregnancy upon her return to college.
She speaks openly in her writing about the mental and physical anguish she experienced before deciding to have an abortion. The poems in Once grew not only from the sorrowful period in which Walker contemplated death but also from her triumphant decision to reclaim her life. Many Revolutionary Petunias of the narrative poems of her second volume, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poemsrevisit her southern past, while other verses challenge superficial political militancy.
Earthling Poems Complete In a review of Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New PoemsPublishers Weekly highlighted the volume's spiritual and ecological topics and added that Walker "explor[es] and prais[es] friendship, romantic love, home cooking, the peace movement, ancestors, ethnic diversity, and particularly admirable strong women, among them the primatologist Jane Goodall.
In the tale, which is based on actual events, the joy and laughter of children rescue an old guitar player named Mr. Sweet from the brink of death year after year.
The narrator—a girl at the start of the story—returns home as a young woman to "revive" Mr. Sweet, but with no success. After his death she inherits the bluesman's guitar and his enduring legacy of love.The essays fall largely into three main groups, focusing on Walker's most famous and controversial novel, The Color Purple, on her poetry, which has for too long met with critical neglect, and on her ecofeminist novel, The Temple of My attheheels.com: Ikenna Dieke.
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The essays fall largely into three main groups, focusing on Walker's most famous and controversial novel, The Color Purple, on her poetry, which has for too long met with critical neglect, and on her ecofeminist novel, The Temple of My Familiar.
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Alice Walker is an African American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in Walker's creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture, particularly in the rural South.