The Language of Voice and Freedom in Her Writings
About the Book
Gayl Jones is dedicated to the art of “verbal authenticity,” stemming from her identification with her African American heritage. Amid widespread critical praise as well as pointed attacks for her controversial first two novels, Jones has shown a constantly evolving cultural consciousness.
This first single-author study of Gayl Jones recovers the work of an under-examined yet immensely skillful contemporary writer. It offers a thorough examination of her technical innovations as well as her willingness to explore controversial subject matter.
The book addresses such crucial themes as Afrocentrism, diasporas, mythopoesis, post-colonialism and globalization, and offers close readings of the aesthetic and political interchanges within Jones’s fiction, drama, poetry, and criticism. Two interviews with Gayl Jones are included.
About the Author(s)
Foreword by Daniel Cross Turner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
Foreword by Daniel Cross Turner 1
Introduction: Liberating Voice 3
1. “Toward an All-Inclusive Structure”: Early Fiction 15
2. Speaking the Grotesque: Short Fiction 47
3. Toward Feminine Mythopoetic Visions: Poetry 73
4. Afrocentric Recolonizations: 1990s Fiction 93
5. A Quest for Wholeness: Criticism 121
Conclusion: Liberated Voice 133
Appendix I: An Interview with Gayl Jones, by Claudia C. Tate 139
Appendix II: An Interview with Gayl Jones, by Charles H. Rowell 157
Annotated Bibliography and List of General Works Cited 181