Margaret Walker, Jubilee

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Since its publication in 1966, Margaret Walker’s


has never been out of print, but it has also never found the audience it deserves or been adequately celebrated for its ground-breaking cultural influence. The likely reason for its exclusion from the canon has to do with the perceived dissonance between aesthetics and politics. During the period of the novel’s reception, most reviewers praised Walker’s depictions of vivid central characters, especially her spirited female heroine, while expressing misgivings about the novel’s historically revisionist purposes.

Wilma Dykeman’s September 1966 review of Jubilee in The New York Times is a case in point. According to Dykeman, Walker’s novel “succeeds beautifully” when it portrays individuals but “encounters the hazards

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Citation: Chura, Patrick. "Jubilee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2024 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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