A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2004-01-20
ISBN: 1400077702
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Lesson Before Dying Book Excerpt:

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • A deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. A “majestic, moving novel ... an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives" (Chicago Tribune), from the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Romulus Linney
Publsiher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780822217855
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Lesson Before Dying Book Excerpt:

THE STORY: Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Publsiher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9783125798700
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Lesson Before Dying Book Excerpt:

A Study Guide for Ernest Gaines s A Lesson Before Dying

A Study Guide for Ernest Gaines s A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-03-13
ISBN: 1410336107
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for Ernest Gaines s A Lesson Before Dying Book Excerpt:

A Study Guide for Ernest Gaines's "A Lesson Before Dying," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A lesson before dying

A lesson before dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9783060321858
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A lesson before dying Book Excerpt:

Literature and Music

Literature and Music
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2002-01-01
ISBN: 9004334564
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Literature and Music Book Excerpt:

This collection of essays centers on musical elements that authors have employed in their work, thus joining heard sounds to a visual perception of their stories. The spectrum of authors represented is a wide one, from Pound to Durrell, from Steinbeck to Cather, from Beckett to Gaines, but even more unusual is the variety of musical type represented. Classical music (the quartet, the fugue, the symphony), Jazz (the jazz riff and jazz improv) and the spiritual all appear along with folk song and so-called random “noise.” Such diversity suggests that there are few limits when readers consider how great writers utilize musical styles and techniques. Indeed, each author seems to realize that it is not the type of music that s/he chooses to employ that is important. Rather, it is the realization that such musical elements as harmony, dissonance, tonal repetition and beat are just as important in prose composition as they are in poetry and song. The essayists have selected some works that may be considered obscure and some that are modern classics. Each one, however, has captured one of the varied ways in which words and music complement and enhance each other.

Doing Good Departing from Evil

Doing Good  Departing from Evil
Author: Carole J. Lambert
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9781433103605
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Doing Good Departing from Evil Book Excerpt:

Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century emphasizes that goodness must be actively enacted, not abstractly discussed, that evil is present and must be fought, and that in-depth research into problems provides wisdom to proceed with that battle in the new century. Eleven scholars investigate problematic topics and offer potential guidance about racism, propaganda, marital tensions, educational inequities, college dropouts, elders' depression, neglect of the disabled, and even peacemaking between faith-based and secular social work agencies as well as Israelis and Palestinians. This collection offers no easy answers to complex problems, but points the way to potentially positive modes of mending the world, and invites readers to share in this challenging task.

Women in Literature

Women in Literature
Author: Michael B. Snyder
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780313313462
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women in Literature Book Excerpt:

Looks at gender-related themes in ninety-six of the most frequently taught works of fiction, including "Anna Karenina," "Brave New World," "Great Expectations," and "Lord of the Flies."

Black Metafiction

Black Metafiction
Author: Madelyn Jablon
Publsiher: University of Iowa Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 1999-09
ISBN: 9780877456568
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Metafiction Book Excerpt:

Black Metafiction examines the tradition of self-consciousness in African American literature. It points to the short-comings of theories of metafiction founded on studies of Anglo-American literature. While some literary critics situate metafiction within the domain of postmodernism, others regard it to be as old as storytelling itself. Scholars of African American literature acknowledge it to be a distinguishing feature. Critics such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Houston A. Baker, Jr., perceive it as fundamental to the aesthetics of the black vernacutar. Black Metafiction analyzes and evaluates these theories, comparing work by scholars of comparative, Anglo-American, and African American literature. Jablon's study leads to her revision of established theories and provides a model for the evaluation and reformulation of other Eurocentric theories. Jablon begins with a historical overview of theories of metafiction by scholars who specialize in African American literature and Anglo-American literature. She situates metafiction within African American literary history, tracing it from slave narratives to a discussion of ten contemporary novels, including Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiar, Leon Forrest's Divine Days, Walter Mosley's Black Betty, Charles Johnson's Middle Passage, Rita Dove's Through the Ivory Gate, Arthur Flowers' Another Good Loving Blues, Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, Toni Morrison's Tar Baby, Octavia Butter's Parable of the Sower, and Charlotte Watson Sherman's One Dark Body. Among the topics Jablon addresses are the Kunstlerroman and the blues hero; the thematization of art; voice, metanarrative, and the oral tradition; and genres of metafiction.

Race Mixing

Race Mixing
Author: Suzanne W. Jones
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2006-02-15
ISBN: 9780801883934
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race Mixing Book Excerpt:

In the southern United States, there remains a deep need among both black and white writers to examine the topic of race relations, whether they grew up during segregation or belong to the younger generation that graduated from integrated schools. In Race Mixing, Suzanne Jones offers insightful and provocative readings of contemporary novels, the work of a wide range of writers—black and white, established and emerging. Their stories explore the possibilities of cross-racial friendships, examine the repressed history of interracial love, reimagine the Civil Rights era through children's eyes, herald the reemergence of the racially mixed character, investigate acts of racial violence, and interrogate both rural and urban racial dynamics. Employing a dynamic model of the relationship between text and context, Jones shows how more than thirty relevant writers—including Madison Smartt Bell, Larry Brown, Bebe Moore Campbell, Thulani Davis, Ellen Douglas, Ernest Gaines, Josephine Humphreys, Randall Kenan, Reynolds Price, Alice Walker, and Tom Wolfe—illuminate the complexities of the color line and the problems in defining racial identity today. While an earlier generation of black and white southern writers challenged the mythic unity of southern communities in order to lay bare racial divisions, Jones finds in the novels of contemporary writers a challenge to the mythic sameness within racial communities—and a broader definition of community and identity. Closely reading these stories about race in America, Race Mixing ultimately points to new ways of thinking about race relations. "We need these fictions," Jones writes, "to help us imagine our way out of the social structures and mind-sets that mythologize the past, fragment individuals, prejudge people, and divide communities."

Voices from the Quarters

Voices from the Quarters
Author: Mary Ellen Doyle
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 245
Release: 2003-08-01
ISBN: 9780807129104
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Voices from the Quarters Book Excerpt:

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title “Who will write about the way my people talk, the way my people sing?” Mary Ellen Doyle gathers and makes audible the voices arising from all of Ernest J. Gaines’s fiction to date—the indelible characters who inhabit the author’s lifelong inspirational territory: the bayous, cane fields, and plantation homes of Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish. Beginning with the author’s upbringing and influences on River Lake plantation—amid the pecan trees and live oaks, the big house and the tenant quarters — this penetrating study offers close readings of Gaines’s uncollected short fiction, the early collection Bloodline, and all of his novels, including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the acclaimed A Lesson Before Dying. Highlighting Gaines’s skill at translating oral tales into meaningful fictional forms, Doyle advances an original theory of first-person narration (“camcorder”) and traces its use throughout his work. Gaines’s unwavering focus on the utterances of “his people” continually strengthens his artistic development—the voices of the early stories fusing with those of the later novels—until Gaines earns a unique magisterial “voice,” an implied author who is black but speaks to universals. Using critical methods as eclectic as the book’s intended audience, and drawing from on-site research and interviews with Gaines’s relatives and friends, Doyle offers a variety of perspectives on Gaines’s fiction and its world that resonates so powerfully. Those who recognize Gaines as one of the finest southern writers of the last forty years will find here an accessible instrument to hear his voices more clearly than ever.

From the Plantation to the Prison

From the Plantation to the Prison
Author: Tara T. Green
Publsiher: Mercer University Press
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780881460902
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From the Plantation to the Prison Book Excerpt:

Confinement appropriately describes the status of African Americans who have been incarcerated. Spaces of confinement include?but are not limited to? plantations, Jim Crow societies, and prisons. Contributors examine the related experiences of Malcolm X, Bigger Thomas of Native Son, Angela Davis, and other people of African descent.

Lights Camera Execution

Lights  Camera  Execution
Author: Helen J. Knowles,Bruce E. Altschuler,Jaclyn Schildkraut
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2019-10-31
ISBN: 1498579671
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lights Camera Execution Book Excerpt:

Lights, Camera, Execution!: Cinematic Portrayals of Capital Punishment fills a prominent void in the existing film studies and death penalty literature. Each chapter focuses on a particular cinematic portrayal of the death penalty in the United States. Some of the analyzed films are well-known Hollywood blockbusters, such as Dead Man Walking (1995); others are more obscure, such as the made-for-television movie Murder in Coweta County (1983). By contrasting different portrayals where appropriate and identifying themes common to many of the studied films – such as the concept of dignity and the role of race (and racial discrimination) – the volume strengthens the reader’s ability to engage in comparative analysis of topics, stories, and cinematic techniques.Written by three professors with extensive experience teaching, and writing about the death penalty, film studies, and criminal justice, Lights, Camera, Execution! is deliberately designed for both classroom use and general readership.

More Novels and Plays

More Novels and Plays
Author: Janet Evans Worthington,Albert B. Somers
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1563086913
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More Novels and Plays Book Excerpt:

Entries for thirty novels and plays each include a brief plot summary, an appraisal of the work's reputation, lists of themes and literary concepts, titles for outside reading, discussion questions, and suggested activities for students.

The Romance of Authenticity

The Romance of Authenticity
Author: Jeff Karem
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780813922553
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Romance of Authenticity Book Excerpt:

To what extent has the demand for a vicarious experience of other cultures fuelled the expectation that the most important task for writers is to capture and convey authentic cultural material? This text argues that authenticity is in fact a restrictive category of literary judgment.

Tales Out of School

Tales Out of School
Author: Jo Keroes
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 164
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780809322381
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tales Out of School Book Excerpt:

Jo Keroes's scope is wide: she examines the teacher as represented in fiction and film in works ranging from the twelfth-century letters of Abelard and Heloise to contemporary films such as Dangerous Minds and Educating Rita. And from the twelfth through the twentieth century, Keroes shows, the teaching encounter is essentially erotic. Tracing the roots of eros from cultural as well as psychological perspectives, Keroes defines erotic in terms broader than the merely sexual. She analyzes ways in which teachers serve as convenient figures on whom to map conflicts about gender, power, and desire. To show how portrayals of men and women differ, she examines pairs of texts, using a film or a novel with a woman protagonist (Up the Down Staircase, for example) as counterpoint to one featuring a male teacher (Blackboard Jungle) or The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie balanced against Dead Poets Society. The portrayals of teachers, like all images a culture presents of itself, reveal much about our private and social selves. Keroes points out authentic accounts of authoritative women teachers who are admired and respected by colleagues and students alike. Real teachers differ from the stereotypes we see in fiction and film, however. Male teachers are often portrayed as heroes in film and fallibly human in fiction, whereas women in either genre are likely to be monstrous or muddled and are virtually never women of color. Among other things, Keroes demonstrates, the tension between reality and representation reveals society's ambivalence about power in the hands of women.

Black Outlaws

Black Outlaws
Author: Carlyle Van Thompson
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2010
ISBN: 9780820486376
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Outlaws Book Excerpt:

In this provocative and original exploration of Black males and the legal establishment, Carlyle Van Thompson illuminates the critical issues defining Black male subjectivity. Since the days of Black people's enslavement and the days of Jim Crow segregation, Black males have been at odds with the legal and extra-legal restrictions that would maintain white supremacy and white male privilege. Grounded in the voices of Frederick Douglass and David Walker, who challenged hegemonic systems designed to socio-economically disenfranchise Black people, Black Outlaws examines legal aspects with regard to Black males during the period of segregation. By critically looking at Richard Wright's The Outsider, Chester Bomar Himes' The Third Generation, Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress, and Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying - all of which examine Black males during the Jim Crow period - Thompson investigates the challenges that Black males confront and surmount in their journeys to establish their individual and collective agency. Black Outlaws helps decipher critical legal and racial issues in the works of four of the most important Black male writers, and is suitable for readers in literary studies, cultural studies, and history.

Contemporary Black Men s Fiction and Drama

Contemporary Black Men s Fiction and Drama
Author: Keith Clark
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780252026768
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Black Men s Fiction and Drama Book Excerpt:

Demonstrating the extraordinary versatility of African-American men's writing since the 1970s, this forceful collection illustrates how African-American male novelists and playwrights have absorbed, challenged, and expanded the conventions of black American writing and, with it, black male identity. From the "John Henry Syndrome"--a definition of black masculinity based on brute strength or violence--to the submersion of black gay identity under equations of gay with white and black with straight, the African-American male in literature and drama has traditionally been characterized in ways that confine and silence him. Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama identifies the forces that limit black male discourse, including traditions established by iconic African-American male authors such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. This thoughtful volume also shows how contemporary black male authors use their narratives to put forward new ways of being and knowing that foster a more complete sense of self and more humane and open ways of communicating with and relating to others. In the work of Charles Johnson, Ernest Gaines, and August Wilson, contributors find paths toward broader, less rigid ideas of what black literature can be, what the connections among individual and communal resistance can be, and how black men can transcend the imprisoning models of hyper masculinity promoted by American culture. Seeking greater spiritual connection with the past, John Edgar Wideman returns to the folk rituals of his family, while Melvin Dixon and Brent Wade reclaim African roots and traditions. Ishmael Reed struggles with a contemporary cultural oppression that he sees as an insidious echo of slavery, while Clarence Major's experimental writing suggests how black men might reclaim their own voices in a culture that silences them. Taking in a wide range of critical, theoretical, cultural, gender, and sexual concerns, Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama provides provocative new readings of a broad range of contemporary writers.

Black Manhood in James Baldwin Ernest J Gaines and August Wilson

Black Manhood in James Baldwin  Ernest J  Gaines  and August Wilson
Author: Keith Clark
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780252071959
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Manhood in James Baldwin Ernest J Gaines and August Wilson Book Excerpt:

Explores the novels, short stories, and plays of three African American writers to demonstrate how they challenged classic portrayals of black men in earlier literature. Discusses how the identity of black men changed from one equated with victimization, isolation, and patriarchy; to one of community, camaraderie, and intimacy.

The Scandal of Holiness

The Scandal of Holiness
Author: Jessica Hooten Wilson
Publsiher: Brazos Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-03-29
ISBN: 1493435345
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scandal of Holiness Book Excerpt:

How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year's resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goals--frugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gym--but we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy. Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imagination--one rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline. The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.