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Volume 2 Issue 12

August 2015

Gloria Naylorís The Women of Brewster Place: A Probe into the Hard Lives and Hardy Spirits of Afro-American Women
Mr. Haroon Rasheed, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu, Arabi~Farsi University, 
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
Gloria Naylor is a key voice in the rich outpouring of literature by African-American women in the 1980s and 1990s. Her novels dramatize issues of community, connection and identity, often through their focus on powerful but careworn women who tend to be the culture bearers for their community. Naylor's portrayal of women, their relationships, and their battles represent the same intense struggle all human beings face in their quest for long and happy lives. Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place depicts the black-on-black oppression much in the same tradition of Alice Walker's The Colour Purple and Toni Morrison's novel Sula, for example. In the novels of Gloria Naylor suffering becomes an environment which is identified with the collective fate of the community while pride is what inspires her individual characters to pursue their separate dreams.
Keywords
Gloria Naylor; The Women of Brewster Place; Afro-American Women.
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