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The Resource Ten is the age of darkness : the Black Bildungsroman, Geta LeSeur

Ten is the age of darkness : the Black Bildungsroman, Geta LeSeur

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Ten is the age of darkness : the Black Bildungsroman
Title
Ten is the age of darkness
Title remainder
the Black Bildungsroman
Statement of responsibility
Geta LeSeur
Title variation
10 is the age of darkness
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Ten Is the Age of Darkness, Geta LeSeur explores how black authors of the United States and English- speaking Caribbean have taken a European literary tradition and adapted it to fit their own needs for self-expression. LeSeur begins by defining the structure and models of the European genre of the bildungsroman, then proceeds to show how the circumstances of colonialism, oppression, race, class, and gender make the maturing experiences of selected young black protagonists different from those of their white counterparts. Examining the parallels and differences in attitudes toward childhood in the West Indies and the United States, as well as the writers' individual perspectives in each work of fiction, LeSeur reaches intriguing conclusions about family life, community participation in the nurturing of children, the timing and severity of the youngsters' confrontation of adult society, and the role played by race in the journey toward adulthood. LeSeur's readings of African American novels provide new insights into the work of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, and Richard Wright, among others. When read as examples of the bildungsroman rather than simply as chronicles of black experiences, these works reveal an even deeper significance and have a more powerful impact. LeSeur convincingly demonstrates that such African American novels as Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, Wright's Black Boy, and Morrison's The Bluest Eye concentrate to a large extent on protest, while such African West Indian works as George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin, Austin Clarke's Amongst Thistles and Thorns, Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, and Erna Brodber's Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home reflect a more naive, healthy re-creation of what childhood can and should be, despite economic and physical impoverishment. She also gives a special space within the genre to Paule Marshall's BrownGirl, Brownstones and Ntozake Shange's Betsey Brown and the importance of "woman time," "woman voice," and mothers."--Publishers website
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LeSeur, Geta J
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • American fiction
  • West Indian fiction (English)
  • African American children in literature
  • African American youth in literature
  • Children, Black, in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Youth, Black, in literature
  • Blacks in literature
  • Bildungsromans
  • West Indies
Label
Ten is the age of darkness : the Black Bildungsroman, Geta LeSeur
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32168048
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780826210111
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95007717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1660067
Label
Ten is the age of darkness : the Black Bildungsroman, Geta LeSeur
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32168048
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 233 pages
Isbn
9780826210111
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95007717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1660067

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