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September 23, 2010 THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE Naylor’s first novel (1982) Represents both feminist and African American community concerns Continues black literary tradition (i.e. journey theme) North/South (journey for better opp.) What is Brewster Place? Where is it? What can it represent? o Can represent any urban area; African American community o Dead-end zone o Limited/no opportunity for mobility, acceptance o Safe space o AFAM poverty o Ignore challenge of AFAM o New life/”ending” life Narrative Structure Voice of Black Women Who are these women? What do they represent? o Kiswana represents activist, strong-willed. o Mattie represents the “glue” of Brewster Place o Cora represents the routine she is stuck in and the hope of higher dreams o Cora’s power lies in having babies, bringing life
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Unformatted text preview: Via the women, Naylor creates different voices within a socio-cultural context. Community Theme Sisterhood & Family Theme o Brewster Place was like a family within the community. Most people were representing AFAM together. The ones left out were Lorraine and Theresa because they were different (lesbians). Naylors Scrutiny of Sexism and Black Male Violence o Still homophobia even within the community. We cant survive without one another. In the end, Lorraine sinks because they dont row togetherMattie: father, Butch, Basil o Black Male Violence Etta: Reverend Woods sexual abuse, used her Cora: men doing what felt good in the dark Ciel: Eugene Survival Hope & Redemption...
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course WMST 1101 taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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