"Miscegenation," Rape, and "Race" in Alice Walker's Meridian

Barnett, Pamela E.
April 2001
Southern Quarterly;Spring2001, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p65
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Examines Alice Walker's novel 'Meridian,' in terms of how race is constructed first through a prevailing taboo against interracial desire and, second, through the dominant story of the black male rapist of white women. Elaboration on how the counter hegemonic discourses of civil rights and black nationalism affect or alter the racial construction; Issue on the notions of essential racial difference; Description of the characters.


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