Outward Evil Inward Battle
Human Memory in Literature
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Nineteenth Century British Literature through each phase of his education. Prior to earning his Doctorate from the University of Alabama in May of 2009, he obtained a BA in English and Film from University, Oxford, OH where he examined the interest of Charles Unanticipated Problems of Parenthood in The Novels of Henry James. His ...
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Memory is the act of remembering or recollecting events from the past. Past events come back to haunt us, or happy remembrances help to brighten our days. As the story line weaves in and out of time, memories play an important role in character development and the progression of the plot. Cultural memory also plays a role in literature. Read more about memory ...
Chapter 1Quakers, Memory & the Past in Literature.
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Seventeenth century English mindscape was notably characterized by millenaries’ apocalyptic visions of the imminent end of the world. As a result of this, the period was marked by turmoil, changes and instability that affected every facet of social, economic, political, cultural, religious, ideological and literary life in both the Old and the ...
Chapter 2The Power of Memory: Crossroads in Works byThomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and August Wilson
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In the early twentieth century, John Lancaster Spalding, a religious scholar commented, “As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape” (282). In a perfect world memory would be a source of comfort and support. As the twentieth century progressed and gave way to the ...
Chapter 3Memory, the Blues, and African American SlaveNarratives
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Ralph Ellison famously described the blues as “an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal existence alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it. . . . As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically” (129). The influence of the blues on ...
Chapter 4It Rains Inside: Parenting and Music in Works byWilliam Faulkner, August Wilson, and Sherman Alexie
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At the turn of the last century, it was “a jolly home, a sympathetic reception, [and] a bright supper” table that people aspired to (Dreiser 38). The home was a comfort and a familiar source of support. This idea proved elusive, and as the twentieth century progressed, modern society swerved erringly to become a mechanism that is out of touch ...
89Chapter 5Unwavering Insubordination: Rebellion & Memory inThe Letters of Elizabeth Hooton
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The love that I bear to the souls of all men makes me willing to undergo all that participation in the events and ideas that have helped to revolutionize reputed not only as the first Female Preacher (Manners, E. 1915) but also as one of the first converts of George Fox‘s doctrine, the founding doctrine of the Quaker movement, brings to the limelight ...
Chapter 6Memory and Resistance in the Poetry of GcinaMhlophe
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...“The black women in South Africa have shown outstanding tenacity against great odds. We shall never give in to defeat. Today we remain determined, like the women of our community of previous generations, who have left us a living centuries of separatist laws that were institutionalized in 1948 into official apartheid policy, are not easily forgotten. Maybe white South ...
133Chapter 7Veiling the Past: Memory and Identity in EdwidgeDanticat‘s The Dew Breaker
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The past has presented a challenge to postmodern writers, a paradox of some sort. For some the past has its glorious achievements, its high points that define individuals, cultures, nations. Various groups and nations celebrate centennials and millenniums, as individuals celebrate anniversaries to mark the progress made from one point in ...
Chapter 8Memorizing the Dark:Margaret Walker and Toni Morrison CompressAfrican American Time and Space in Poetry andFiction
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Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; In the twenty-first century, both science and literature inflict upon us Earlier notions of time have been agitated, stretched, revised by Einstein, William Faulkner, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, and many less luminary others, today’s literate thinkers are aware that mental ...
Section VCultural Identity
Chapter 9There’s No Place Like Home:Cultural Memory in Toni Morrison‘s Tar Baby andEdwidge Danticat‘s Breath, Eyes and Memory
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Unsuccessful during its film-debut in 1939, it is surprising that the film based on L. Frank Baum‘s best-selling children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), written 112 year ago, is more than familiar to today’s television and movie audiences. Around the globe, The Wizard of Oz represents the magic of self-discovery and cultural ...
Chapter 10“Go Back and Get It:” Spirit Possession as Rite ofPassage and a Medium of Self-reinvention inContemporary African Diasporic Literature
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Negro is the history of this strife — this longing to attain self-dialectic of double consciousness which to him delineates the African diasporic people’s constant struggle to reconcile an African heritage ethnic dualism, occasions the need for African diasporic people to define themselves not only by the identity of the land in which they ...
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Publication Year: 2013