The Most Famous Person Nobody Knows

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The oscillating critical view of Walker, the periods of silence that interrupted the course of her literary production, the important social and literary movements that coincided with each of her publications, and the continuous change of life and literature during her lifetime necessitates a more inclusive and non-conventional approach of Walker’s work. Maryemma Graham argues that “Walker challenged both new critical and conventional readings; at the same time she offers penetrating intellectual critiques.” This very fact makes it difficult to approach Walker’s work using a specific critical framework. According to Graham, “Walker ruptures the critical categories such as “modernist,” “feminist,” or “nationalist” that we commonly engage. Those offering interpretations of Walker’s work often find they have to modify if not “invent” a framework for discussion” (xii). This is exactly what this thesis is up to: explore Walker’s work without being confined to conventional critical perspectives. Available criticism on Walker views her either as a writer of the south or a nationalist poet. Some critics focus only on the biblical aspect of her language and the Afro centric perspective of her work. They tend to call Walker a humanist, a visionary poet, or a folk poet. All these vague words do not give access to the real essence of Walker’s work; they only refer to aspects of her writing. William Scott comments that “Readers of Margaret Walker’s poetry and fiction have found it relatively easy to characterize (and occasionally dismiss) her work as simply the vehicle for a grand historical vision” (1083). Thus; there is a necessity to have a broader view of Walker’s literature to be able to link it to the mainstream canon of Africa... ... middle of paper ... ...ives in Post-Structural Criticism. Ed. Jouse V. Harari. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984. Spears, Monroe K. Dionysus and the City: Modernism in Twentieth Century Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970. Traylor, Eleanor. ‘“Bolder Meauers Crashing Through’: Margaret Walker’s Poem of the Century.” Graham, Fields 110-138. Articles in Journals: Baraka, Amiri. “Afro-American Literature & Class Struggle.” Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 14, No. 1. (Spring, 1980): 5-14. JSTOR. Web. 6 May 2007. Price, Kenneth. “Whitman’s Solutions to ‘The Problem of the Blacks.’” Resources for American Literary Studies. Vol.15. (1985): 205-208. Turner, Darwin T. “ Introductory Remarks About the Black Literary Tradition in the United States of America.” Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 12, No. 4. (Winter, 1978): 140-177. JSTOR. Web. 5 May 2007.

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