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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). • Naylor’s Scrutiny of Sexism and Black Male Violence o Still homophobia even within the community. We can’t survive without one another. In the end, Lorraine sinks because they don’t row “together”…Mattie: 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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