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|Title: ||Examining facts, finding ugly truths : the historical and political forces that shaped the critical reception of Alice Walker's The third life of Grange Copeland|
|Authors: ||Sims, Mary Hughes|
|Advisor: ||Onkey, Lauren E.|
|Date of Object: ||1999|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this study has been to determine what extraliterary forces--cultural, historical, political, social--shaped the critical reception of Alice Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). The philosophies of Hans Robert Jauss, as espoused in Toward an Aesthetic of Reception (1971), guided this study. Particular interest was placed on Jauss's claim that every work has its own specific, historically, and sociological determinable audience, that every writer is dependent on the milieu, view, and ideology of that audience and that literary success presupposes a book which presents what the audience expects, a book which presents the audience with its own image. (26)The Third Life of Grange Copeland appeared at the end of the Civil Rights Movement, in the midst of a Black Arts Movement (a movement that presented black artist with a criteria for representing their people), and on the cusp of a black feminist movement which moved black women from the object to the subject position in black literary discourse.The politically charged context in which Walker's first novel appeared determined her first audience's reception to her work. The reception from black civic leaders, literary critics, scholars and the black community was largely negative. This initial negative response has followed Walker throughout her literary career despite the fact that she has won both the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.|
|Other Identifiers: ||LD2489.Z68 1999 .S56|
|CardCat URL: ||http://liblink.bsu.edu/uhtbin/catkey/1117659|
|Degree: ||Thesis (Ph. D.)|
|Department: ||Ball State University. Dept. of English -- Theses (Ph. D.) -- 1999.|
|Appears in Collections:||Doctoral Dissertations|
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