Alice Walker’s Case for the Western Canon


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Inclusion or Exclusion: Alice Walker’s Case for the Western Canon
Alice Walker’s career, both in the novel and in short fiction has been one of the most controversial in American history, certainly over the last forty years. Her work has been attacked as man-hating, too simplistic as well as manipulative and melodramatic. Nevertheless, despite the unrelenting hostility that her work often inspires in those offended by her portrayals of black men, it has not lacked for staying power. Those who would deny her a place in the canon argue that her novels, particularly The Color Purple, contain far too many caricatures of abusive black male figures while stripping them of the historical and social context in which that abuse often occurred. That...
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.....s power. When wedded to her extraordinary short stories, that critique the issues common to the present time, there can be little doubt that the quality of her work over the last four decades is worthy of inclusion.
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