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Books About Alice Walker


Alice Walker, African American woman writer, is known not only for her now-classic novel The Color Purple; but for her rediscovery of an earlier African American woman novelist (and folklorist), Zora Neale Hurston. Alice Walker is also known for her activism in causes -- environmentalism, spirituality, racial justice, women's issues, and against female circumcision.

1. Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives Past and Present

edited by Henry Louis Gates and K. A. Appiah (1993): A collection of essays and reviews of Alice Walker's writing, plus interviews with Walker.
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2. The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult

by Alice Walker (1997): Walker tells her own story of her own experiences, both motivating the writing of The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar, and as a result of their writing and the making of the film version of The Color Purple.
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3. Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature

edited by Roseann P. Bell et al (1979): Two early essays on Alice Walker can be found in this volume.
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4. Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers

edited by Barbara Christian (1985): At least three essays discuss Alice Walker's writing, including a look at themes of violence and lesbianism.
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5. Womanist and Feminist Aesthetics: A Comparative Review

by Tuzyline Jita Allan (1996): Alice Walker helped popularize the idea of "womanist" as contrasted to "feminist" -- this book explores that difference as applied to the arts and aesthetics.
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6. Critical Essays on Alice Walker

edited by Ikenna Dieke (1999): Scholarly study of Walker's work continues to grow, and this collection assesses her impact and the cultural influences on her writing as an African American woman.
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7. The Voices of African American Women

Subtitle: "The Use of Narrative and Authorial Voice in the Works of Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker." Yvonne Johnson (1999): Focusing on Walker's The Color Purple, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Johnson looks at the way the spirit of African American women has been expressed in their writings.
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8. Alice Walker

edited by Harold Bloom (1999): A series of essays on Walker and her novels -- essential to a serious study of Alice Walker and her work.
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