Critical Essay On Alice Walker

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Alice Walker (1944 - )

Pulitzer Prize winner, Political activist, author of The Color Purple

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Annina's Alice Walker Page
This site contains a biography of the author, as well as links to a wide range of web resources. These include interviews, reviews, critical articles and essays, bibliographies, and information about her books. An excellent starting point.
Contains: Extensive Bio, Interview, Works Available, Criticism, Commentary, Bibliography, Webliography
Author: Anniina Jokinen
Green lap, brown embrace, blue body: the ecospirituality of Alice Walker
Examines the treatment of spirituality and environmental issues in Walker's writings.
Contains: Criticism
Author: Pamela A. Smith
From:Cross Currents Winter, 1998

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Alice Walker
Provides a brief biographical sketch of the poet.
Contains: Sketch
Author: Academy of American Poets

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Last Updated Mar 25, 2014

Delhi, India: Pencraft International Publishers, Jan 2016, 168 pages.

This critical anthology attempts a searching analysis and revaluation of issues emerging in Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. Ranging from the biographical to the history of African-American narrative traditions, feminist and postmodernist interventions, and the cinematic adaptation of the novel, this collection offers a re-visioning of Alice Walker as a woman artist, her philosophy of life, and her role as a spiritual seeker. The collection extends the critical trajectory of feminism towards intersectionality, multiculturalism, and internationalism by bringing in contributions from scholars based in the USA and in India.


Editorial Reviews

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is a welcome attempt by editor Devaleena Das  to bring together eleven critical essays  on what readers and scholars  regard as Walker’s magnum opus. While many of the essays are concerned with Walker’s “womanist ethics”, the book also covers other topics such as female desire, female friendship, homoeroticism, epistolary memory, racism as well as domestic and societal violence. In addition, the volume exposes the readers to African American art of weaving, the convention of neo-slave narratives, the ecology and space and time, and the problems involved in translating a work of fiction into a movie…The anthology is indeed a worthy effort to capture the intersection of gender, race, history, culture and art in The Color Purple.

(Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University)

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