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Reclaiming Community in Contemporary African American Fiction

Reclaiming Community in Contemporary African American Fiction

By Philip Page
Paperback : 9781617038433, 256 pages, March 2013

An examination of how the works of five African American writers reveal the power of communal bonds


As a reaction against persistent Black exclusion from white American society, the novels of recent African American writers boldly celebrate the heritage of Black culture. They acclaim a people once dispersed by racism and humiliation but now restoring its legacy of rich community life.

For close examination of this theme, Philip Page brings together five novelists who are in the forefront of contemporary fiction and shows how their voices combine for an ongoing dialogue on the importance of community to the African American world.

Gaining its special force through addressing national concerns and through never backing away from the truth in the face of stubborn opposition, the fiction of Ernest Gaines, Gloria Naylor, Charles Johnson, Toni Cade-Bambara, and John Edgar Wideman contributes to postmodernist debates on race, the repressed past, and the contemporary American conscience.