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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Alice Walker - The Color Purple

ISBN 9780230201859
Publication Date July 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

Since its publication in 1982, The Color Purple has polarized critics and generated controversy while delighting many readers around the world. Rachel Lister offers a clear, stimulating and wide-ranging exploration of the critical history of Alice Walker's best-selling novel, from contemporary reviews through to twenty-first-century readings.

This Reader's Guide:
• opens with an overview of Walker's work
• provides a detailed consideration of the conception and reception of The Color Purple
• examines coverage of key critical issues and debates such as Walker's use of generic conventions, linguistic and narrative strategies, race, class, gender and sexual politics
• covers the reception and cultural impact of cinematic and musical adaptations, including Steven Spielberg's 1985 film and the recent Broadway production.

Lively and insightful, this is an indispensable volume for anyone studying, or simply interested in, Alice Walker and her most famous work.

RACHEL LISTER is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, University of Durham, UK.

The Conception and Reception of The Color Purple
Defining The Color Purple: Questions of Genre
The Color Purple and The Politics of Language
Language and Subjectivity in The Color Purple
Reading Race in The Color Purple
Class and Consumerism in The Color Purple
The Color Purple: Feminist Text?
Gender and Sexuality in The Color Purple 


In this thought-provoking volume, Lister provides a crucial framework to enhance our understanding of Walker's controversial, award-winning novel, and to generate further debate and interest in Walker scholarship.' – Loretta G. Woodard, Marygrove College, USA
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