Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Writing Mississippi: An Analysis of the Fiction of Jesmyn Ward
by Alford, Rae'Jean, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2019, 35; 27667764
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis contends that the fiction of Jesmyn Ward addresses various cultural aspects of contemporary Mississippi, without having to place Mississippi back in the antebellum South. To support this view, the thesis examines how Ward writes her conventional “problem” Black characters and weaves in representations of historical Mississippi artifacts and events. In addition, the project examines Ward’s use of magical realism and offers an examination of the coverage on Ward over the last several years as a way of offering how Ward’s unconventional style of writing is shaping her critical reception. As a result of this research, the thesis seeks to offer ways that scholars can use contemporary African American writers to reshape how we study and view the South.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rambsy, Howard
Commitee: Cali, Liz, Ramaswamy, Anushiya
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Womens studies, American literature
Keywords: African American literature, Black women, Ward, Jesmyn , Mississippi, South, Faulkner, William
Publication Number: 27667764
ISBN: 9781392832875
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