Walker, Alice: Further Reading

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Banks, Erma Davis, ed. Alice Walker, an annotated bibliography, 1968-1986. New York: Garland Pub., 1989, 210 p.

Offers an annotated bibliography.

Bow, Leslie. Alice Malsenior Walker: An Annotated Bibliography, 1968-1986, Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1988, 162 p.

Provides an annotated bibliography.


Barnett, Pamela E. "'Miscegenation,' Rape, and 'Race' in Alice Walker's Meridian." Southern Quarterly 39, no. 3 (spring 2001): 65-81.

Addresses the issue of interracial rape in Meridian and explores the repercussions of the issue on African American women in the novel and in American society.

Bradley, David. "Novelist Alice Walker Telling the Black Women's Story." New York Times Book Review (8 January 1984): 25-37.

An extensive biographical profile of Walker, interspersed with critical analyses of her work.

Callaloo 12, no. 12 (spring 1989).

Special issue devoted to Walker, with essays and reviews by Theodore O. Mason Jr., Joseph A. Brown, and Keith Byerman.

Dieke, Ikenna, ed. Critical Essays on Alice Walker. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999, 226 p.

Collection of critical essays.

Gourdine, Angeletta K. M. "Postmodern Ethnography and the Womanist Mission: Postcolonial Sensibilities in Possessing the Secret of Joy." African American Review 30, no. 2 (1996): 237-44.

Explores Possessing the Secret of Joy "as ethnographic, predicated upon and beholden to the legacy of Western anthropology's relationship to and conscription of Africa and blackwomen's bodies."

Pollitt, Katha. "Stretching the Short Story." New York Times Book Review (24 May 1981): 9, 15.

Praises Walker's willingness to explore controversial topics in You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, but faults her perceived tendency to depict all black women as victims of racism and sexism.

Steinem, Gloria. "Alice Walker: Do You Know This Woman? She Knows You." In Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, pp. 259-75. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983.

Offers a feminist appreciation of Walker's literary career.

Washington, Mary Ellen. "An Essay on Alice Walker." In Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature, edited by Roseann P. Bell, Bettye J. Parker, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, pp. 133-49. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books, 1979.

Views Walker as an apologist and spokesperson for black women, and examines the author's preoccupation with her subject matter.

Viswanathan, Meera, and Evangelina Manickam. "Is Black Woman to White as Female Is to Male?: Restoring Alice Walker's Womanist Prose to the Heart of Feminist Literary Criticism." Indian Journal of American Studies 28, nos. 1-2 (winter-summer 1998): 15-20.

Discusses Walker as a black feminist and situates her feminist writings within the tradition of feminist literary criticism.


Additional coverage of Walker's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: African-American Writers, Eds.1,2; American Writers Supplement, Vol. 3; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vols. 3, 33; Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction: Biography and Resources, Vol. 3; Bestsellers, Vol. 89:4; Black Literature Criticism; Black Writers, Eds. 2, 3; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, 1968-1988; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 37-40R; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 9, 27, 49, 66, 82; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 5, 6, 9, 19, 27, 46, 58, 103, 167; Contemporary Novelists, Ed. 7; Contemporary Popular Writers; Contemporary Southern Writers; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 6, 33, 143; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied, Multicultural, Novelists, Poets, and Popular Writers; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Exploring Novels; Exploring Short Stories; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Novels for Students, Vol. 5; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 30; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers; Short Stories for Students, Vols. 2, 11; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 5; Something about the Author, Vol. 31; Twayne's United States Authors; and World Literature Criticism Supplement.

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