Gloria Naylor: Mama Day (3052 words)

Gloria Naylor emerged as a prolific novelist during the 1980s within a time period recognized as a renaissance for U.S. black women writers who had begun publishing in unprecedented numbers. She esteemed herself with the 1982 publication of The Women of Brewster Place, which is commonly regarded by critics as her most popular work; it is the only one of her novels to cross over into film. Naylor’s examination of intra-racial conflict and identity politics related to sexual orientation, class, and gender through this piece conveys a shared sensibility among black women writers who, in the words of critic Nellie McKay, were driven by “impulse toward an honest, complicated, and varied expression of the meaning of the black woman�…

Bolton, Philathia. "Mama Day". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2014
[, accessed 17 July 2018.]

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