Includes bibliographical references (p. -184) and index.
Introduction : anatomy of an aesthetic : the African cultural base -- 1. Challenging the American norm : the gendered sensibility in the Valley between -- 2. Beyond bildungsroman : constructions of gender and culture in Brown girl, brownstones -- 3. Cultural expansion and masculine subjectivity : Soul clap hands and sing -- 4. Maturation and multiplicity in consciousness : the short stories -- 5. Changing the present order : personal and political liberation in The chosen place, the timeless people -- 6. Recognition and recovery : diasporan connections in Praisesong for the widow -- 7. Transformation and re-creation of female identity in Daughters.