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By Stelamaris Coser

A strong argument for extending the bounds of what's categorised as American literature

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S.  . a multi-issued strategy for challenging women's oppression'' that would combine related struggles of race, class, and gender. Even as she challenges the white control of the feminist agenda, she reflects on the difficulties presented by multiethnic approaches when the dominant culture has always enforced division and discrimination. The experience and consciousness of oppression does not exempt black men and women, including herself, from misrepresenting the Other or other minority women from being prejudiced against blacks.

Attitudes are not universal. "30 Page 11 Alice Walker echoes an evaluation of Cuban culture that harks back to Martí and lingers on in the rhetoric of Fidel Castro and the literature of Gabriel García Márquez. Whether she and they are overly optimistic about such syncretism is open to debate: the illusory quality of national myths of mestizaje has been a recurring topic in recent historiography and literature from Latin America. Today, García Márquez and the majority of Latin American intellectuals agree with leaders of liberation theology that history in "Our America" has also been written "with a white hand" and conciliation has always been imposed by the minority elite.

In their geographical and historical crisscrossings and in the literary intertextuality of their narratives, Jones, Morrison, and Marshall create individual works even as they feed on the history and the memories of black Americans like themselves. " The diaspora underwent related processes and Page 22 left a similar heritage all along the Atlantic shores of the Americas. African descendants now try to make sense of fragments, of records, of erasures. Matters relating to the colonial world and neocolonial structures have been in a constant state of revision and redefinition within general historiography.

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