African-American Women and the Impact of Slavery on Them in "The Third Life of Grange Copeland"

By Iman Hami.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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"The Third life of Grange Copeland," Alice Walker’s first novel, focuses on the three parts of the life of an African-American man, Grange Copeland. The novel deals with different issues, such as slavery and its aftermath in African-American families. It is Walker’s only novel which has a male protagonist and focuses on a black male’s life. As shown in the novel, slavery mentally paralyses black men and destroys their self-esteem. In this presentation I intend to argue that the dysfunctionality and absence of black men in their families firstly questions the situation of black families and secondly reduces the quality of the lives of black women and their female bonding.

Keywords: Legacy of Slavery, Female Bonding

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 26, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 381.746KB)).

Dr Iman Hami

Ph.D Student, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, UK