University Press of America
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978-0-7618-1727-7 • Paperback • July 2000 • $60.99 • (£47.00)
Sandra M. Grayson is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Images Past/Signs Transformed
Chapter 4 History, Memory, & the African American Oral Tradition
Chapter 5 Asante Icons in Sankofa
Chapter 6 Orisha & Codes in Daughters of the Dust
Chapter 7 Mirroring Narrative/Reflecting Past: Eve's Bayou, Tradition, Preservation
Chapter 8 Looking Back with Scholarly Eyes
Chapter 9 Conclusion
Symbolizing the Past is a major contribution to a better understanding of our past and future.
— James Jennings, Prof. & Senior Fellow, University of Massachusetts Boston
Grayson's 'Symbolizing the Past' is an important contribution to African American studies, black cultural studies, and women's studies. . . . she challenges contemporary scholars of African American studies to go beyond a generic Africa in their work, to contend with the diverse and distinct cultures of 'The Continent.'
— American Literature
Dr. Grayson's masterpiece of criticism is powerful and lyrically beautiful. Symbolizing the Past compels us to assume greater individual social responsibility and to work toward human transcendence.
— Leonard A. Slade, Jr., Prof. of Africana Studies & English, SUNY Albany