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By Tracie Church Guzzio

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ISBN-13: 9781617030048

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In All tales Are real, Tracie Church Guzzio presents the 1st full-length examine of John Edgar Wideman's whole oeuvre to this point. in particular, Guzzio examines the ways that Wideman (b. 1941) engages with 3 an important themes-history, fable, and trauma-throughout his occupation, displaying how they intertwine. Guzzio argues that, for 4 many years, the influential African American author has endeavored to create a model of the African American event that runs counter to mainstream interpretations, utilizing historical past and fantasy to confront after which heal the trauma because of slavery and racism.Wideman's paintings deliberately blurs limitations among fiction and autobiography, fantasy and historical past, really as that historical past pertains to African American adventure in his place of birth of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fusion of fiction, nationwide historical past, and Wideman's own lifestyles is attribute of his sort, which-due to its complexity and smudging of style distinctions-has awarded analytic problems for literary students. regardless of successful the PEN/Faulkner award two times, for despatched for You the day prior to this (1984) and Philadelphia fireplace (1990), Wideman is still under-studied.Of specific price is Guzzio's research of the numerous ways that Wideman alludes to his past works. This intertextuality permits Wideman to have interaction his books in direct, intentional discussion with one another via repeated characters, photographs, folktales, and songs. In Wideman's hard of a monolithic view of heritage and proposing replacement views to it, and his permitting earlier, current, and destiny time to stay fluid within the narratives, Guzzio unearths an writer company in his idea that every one tales and all views have benefit.

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Character names in A Glance Away repeat in the trilogy. Brother is a character both in A Glance Away and in Sent for You Yesterday. ” John Africa appears as a character in Philadelphia Fire and in Two Cities. “Across the Wide Missouri” appears in Damballah as a story, and another version replays in Fatheralong. ” In Two Cities, Mallory’s photography is characterized by his use of “double” exposure. 32 “ALL STORIES ARE TRUE”: PALIMPSESTIC STORYTELLING The work that most deeply deals with the idea of the double is Reuben.

Wideman’s repetition of characters’ names and stories throughout his canon also recalls the repeated voicing intrinsic to riffing in jazz. 74 As Wideman observed in his review of Murray’s study, the “break” is another intrinsic characteristic in jazz music. The break is described as a bridge or interlude in a cadence. In a break the “normal or established flow of the rhythm and the melody stop, much the same as a sentence seems to halt but only pauses at a colon. ”76 Wideman seems very interested in these breaks (or pauses or gaps), drawing attention to them in his own writing (and by extension in the historical and literary expressions of African Americans).

Separated from traditional cultures, deprived of the love, nurturing, sense of value and identity these cultures provided, enslaved Africans in the New World found it necessary to reinvent themselves; if they were to survive as whole human beings in an alien, hostile, chaotically violent and threatening environment. Those are the precise conditions, the awesome tasks confronting young African Americans again. 132 The necessity to “reinvent oneself ” can be seen in the earliest works. Cecil Braithwaite’s dreaming of other lives and identities in Hurry Home is one of 38 “ALL STORIES ARE TRUE”: PALIMPSESTIC STORYTELLING the first examples of this desire.

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