The Color Purple (by Alice Walker)

The Color Purple
The Color Purple


ISBN: 9780143135692Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Penguin BooksBook Title: The Color Purple
Publication Year: 2019Target Audience: Trade
Author: Alice WalkerReading Age: 18+


The Color Purple was first published in 1982, it is the representative work of American writer Alice Walker. It became a best seller as soon as it was published, and won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Association Award, the most important prize in American literature.

The book has become a classic of western feminist literature. It exposed racial oppression and discrimination, and put the problem of black people in America on a worldwide scale.

Although slavery was abolished in the Civil War of the United States, the social status of black people has not been improved. At the same time, it further proves that the black problem in the United States is a worldwide problem, and is one aspect of discrimination and oppression suffered by black people in the third world.

Alice Walker’s feminist thought has four distinctive features: anti sexism, anti racism, Afrocentrism and humanism, which are embodied in The Color Purple.

The Color Purple is one of the best ap lit book, Best AP Lit Book List (2022)

About the Author

Alice Walker is one of the most famous black women writers in American literature since the 1970s (after the second women’s movement in European and American countries).

In her novels, she vividly reflects the sufferings of black women and praises their spirit of fighting against adversity and their strong character of striving for independence.

Since its publication in 1982, Alice Walker’s epistolary novel The Color Purple has stirred the American literary world and won three awards for American literary works: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critic Award. Alice Walker became the first black woman writer to win the Pulitzer Prize.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Alice Walker, A Woman Walking into Peril / Ikenna Dieke
  • 2. The Occupational Hazard: The Loss of Historical Context in Twentieth-Century Feminist Readings, and a New Reading of the Heroine’s Story in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple / Dror Abend-David
  • 3. Heritage and Deracination in Walker’s “Everyday Use” / David Cowart
  • 4. Alice Walker’s Womanist Magic: The Conjure Woman as Rhetor / Catherine A. Colton
  • 5. When a Convent Seems the Only Viable Choice: Questionable Callings in Stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louise Erdrich / Margaret D. Bauer
  • 6. Creating Generations: The Relationship Between Celie and Shug in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple / E. Ellen Barker
  • 7. Alice Walker and the “Man Question” / Pia Thielmann
  • 8. Revolutionary Stanzas: The Civil and Human Rights Poetry of Alice Walker / Jeffrey L. Coleman
  • 9. The Color Purple: An Existential Novel / Marc-A. Christophe
  • 10. Alice Walker’s Redemptive Art / Felipe Smith
  • 11. Walker’s The Temple of My Familiar: Womanist as Monistic Idealist / Ikenna Dieke
  • 12. Alice Walker’s American Quilt: The Color Purple and American Literary Tradition / Priscilla Leder
  • 13. Who Touches This Touches a Woman: The Naked Self in Alice Walker / Ruth D. Weston
  • 14. “Nothing can be sole or whole that has not been rent”: Fragmentation in the Quilt and The Color Purple / Judy Elsley
  • 15. A Matter of Focus: Men in the Margins of Alice Walker’s Fiction / Erna Kelly
  • 16. “What She Got to Sing About?”: Comedy and The Color Purple / Priscilla L. Walton
  • 17. Alice Walker: Poesy and the Earthling Psyche / Ikenna Dieke.

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