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Bessie Head [electronic resource] /
Craig MacKenzie.
New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
xvi, 140 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0805716297 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
0805716297 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-135) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Craig MacKenzie is senior lecturer in the Department of English at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-11:
Following the systematic approach characteristic of "Twayne's World Authors Series," MacKenzie (Rand Afrikaans Univ., Johannesburg) provides an excellent review and analysis of the literary production and career of the world-renowned South African author. The illegitimate offspring of a white mother who died in a mental institution and an unknown African father, Head was rejected by her mother's family. MacKenzie relates Head's literary choice of objects and themes to the deprivation, mental illness, and racial prejudice she continually encountered as a "colored" in South Africa. A native South African, McKenzie met the author in an unannounced visit to her home in 1985; he received a constrained response. But MacKenzie sent Head a copy of his dissertation, and she responded warmly in a subsequent letter, written two months before her death. McKenzie acknowledges (in the text and footnotes) his debt to Gillian Stead Eilerson's biography Bessie Head: Thunder behind Her Ears (1996) and to A Gesture of Belonging: Letters from Bessie Head, 1965-1979, ed. by Randolph Vigne (CH, Dec'91). Nevertheless, this critical analysis contributes significant and valuable insights into the literary production of Bessie Head, and it will provide all students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) and faculty with important information. B. Taylor-Thompson; Texas Southern University
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable length
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xiii
Early Lifep. 1
The Cardinals (ca. 1962)p. 15
In Exile in Botswanap. 23
When Rain Clouds Gather (1968)p. 31
Maru (1971)p. 42
A Question of Power (1973)p. 57
Putting Down Rootsp. 73
The Collector of Treasures (1977)p. 81
Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind (1981)p. 98
A Bewitched Crossroad (1984)p. 106
Posthumously Published Works: Tales of Tenderness and Power (1989) and A Woman Alone (1990)p. 112
The Critics' Viewp. 116
Conclusionp. 123
Notes and Referencesp. 127
Selected Bibliographyp. 132
Indexp. 137
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