Delhi, India: Pencraft International Publishers, Jan 2016, 168 pages.
This critical anthology attempts a searching analysis and revaluation of issues emerging in Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. Ranging from the biographical to the history of African-American narrative traditions, feminist and postmodernist interventions, and the cinematic adaptation of the novel, this collection offers a re-visioning of Alice Walker as a woman artist, her philosophy of life, and her role as a spiritual seeker. The collection extends the critical trajectory of feminism towards intersectionality, multiculturalism, and internationalism by bringing in contributions from scholars based in the USA and in India.
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is a welcome attempt by editor Devaleena Das to bring together eleven critical essays on what readers and scholars regard as Walker’s magnum opus. While many of the essays are concerned with Walker’s “womanist ethics”, the book also covers other topics such as female desire, female friendship, homoeroticism, epistolary memory, racism as well as domestic and societal violence. In addition, the volume exposes the readers to African American art of weaving, the convention of neo-slave narratives, the ecology and space and time, and the problems involved in translating a work of fiction into a movie…The anthology is indeed a worthy effort to capture the intersection of gender, race, history, culture and art in The Color Purple.
(Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University)