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The Resource Supernatural forces : belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women, Bonnie Winsbro

Supernatural forces : belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women, Bonnie Winsbro

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Supernatural forces : belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women
Title
Supernatural forces
Title remainder
belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women
Statement of responsibility
Bonnie Winsbro
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The relationship between humans and their gods has always been a primary theme in literature. Until recently, however, books in the American literary canon have rarely been concerned with any supernatural beings other than the Judeo-Christian god. In this book Bonnie Winsbro moves beyond that narrow focus to examine the power of the supernatural in the works of six ethnic writers: Lee Smith's Oral History, Louise Erdrich's Tracks, Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Gloria Naylor's Mama Day, Toni Morrison's Beloved, and Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. By selecting these authors, Winsbro provides a multicultural perspective - Appalachian, Native American, African American, and Chinese American - on the internal turmoil experienced by ethnic individuals when their belief systems clash with those of family, community, or dominant culture. Although their responses to such conflicts differ, Winsbro argues, all six authors believe that personal power is acquired through self-definition, the process by which one constructs one's own reality as a foundation for living in one's own center rather than on another's margins. By analyzing works that treat seriously a belief in such supernatural figures as witches, healers, and ghosts, Winsbro seeks to show that the contemporary world is not defined by one reality - a rationalistic, scientific reality, for example, or a Judeo-Christian reality - but by many realities. Indeed, acknowledging the coexistence, collision, and coalescence of multiple realities is one of the distinguishing features of postmodern life
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digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Winsbro, Bonnie C
Dewey number
810.9/37
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS151
LC item number
.W46 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Women and literature
  • American literature
  • Ethnic groups in literature
  • Supernatural in literature
  • Écrits de femmes américains
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Littérature américaine
  • Surnaturel dans la littérature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Ethnic groups in literature
  • Supernatural in literature
  • Women and literature
  • United States
  • Das Übernatürliche
  • Ethnische Gruppe
  • Frauenliteratur
  • Nichtchristliche Religion
  • USA
  • écrivaine
  • ethnie
  • USA
  • American Literature
  • English
  • Languages & Literatures
Label
Supernatural forces : belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women, Bonnie Winsbro
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-210) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Belief, ethnicity, and self-definition -- A witch and her curse : external definition and uncrossable boundaries in Lee Smith's Oral history -- Predator, scavenger, and trickster-transformer : survival and the visionary experience in Louise Erdrich's Tracks -- Calling Tayo back, unraveling coyote's skin : individuation in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony -- Modern rationality and the supernatural : bridging two worlds in Gloria Naylor's Mama day -- The ghost as demon and savior : confrontation with the past in Toni Morrison's Beloved -- Warring with ghosts : power through individuation in Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior
Control code
44960676
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 218 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585139050
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960676
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Supernatural forces : belief, difference, and power in contemporary works by ethnic women, Bonnie Winsbro
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-210) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Belief, ethnicity, and self-definition -- A witch and her curse : external definition and uncrossable boundaries in Lee Smith's Oral history -- Predator, scavenger, and trickster-transformer : survival and the visionary experience in Louise Erdrich's Tracks -- Calling Tayo back, unraveling coyote's skin : individuation in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony -- Modern rationality and the supernatural : bridging two worlds in Gloria Naylor's Mama day -- The ghost as demon and savior : confrontation with the past in Toni Morrison's Beloved -- Warring with ghosts : power through individuation in Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior
Control code
44960676
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 218 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585139050
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960676
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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