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Conversations with Edwidge Danticat

Maxine Lavon Montgomery (editor)

ISBN: 9781496812551

Publication Date: Aug 2017

Format: Hardback

Sheds light on Edwidge Danticat and her ability to depict issues in sparkling prose that delves deep into the borderlands, an uncharted in-between space located outside fixed geographic, cultural, and ideological bounds. Prevalent throughout many interviews here is Danticat's expressed determination to reveal Haitian immigrant experience, and make that nuanced culture accessible to a wide audience.
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This volume sheds a much-needed light on Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969) and her ability to depict timely issues in sparkling prose that delves deep into the borderlands, an uncharted in-between space located outside fixed geographic, cultural, and ideological bounds. Prevalent throughout many interviews here is Danticat's expressed determination not only to reveal Haitian immigrant experience, but also to make that nuanced culture and its vibrant traditions accessible to a wide audience.

These interviews coincide with Edwidge Danticat's evolving artistic vision, her steady book publication, and her expanding roles as fiction writer, essayist, memoirist, documentarian, young adult book author, editor, songwriter, cultural critic, and political commentator. Dating from her appearance on the literary scene at the age of twenty-five, the many interviews that she has granted attest to not only her productivity, but also her accessibility to scholars, teachers, writers, and journalists eager for knowledgeabout her vision. Included in this volume are interviews that range from 2000, covering the publication of her debut work of fiction, Breath, Eyes, Memory, to a personal interview conducted with the volume editor in 2016. In that conversation, which appears for the first time as part of this collection, Danticat provides insight intolittle-known aspects of her life, art, and politics.

Her candid interviews carry out a careful stripping away of preconceived notions of Danticat, disclosing the private and public life of a first-class writer and intellectual whose countless achievements have assured her an enduring place within contemporary world letters.
Language English
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2017
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Series Literary Conversations Series
Subject/s Literature: history & criticism   Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Literary companions   Black & Asian studies  
Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Tallahassee, Florida, is professor of English at Florida State University, where she teaches courses in Africana, American multi-ethnic, and women's literature. Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as African American Review, South Carolina Review, College Language Association Journal, Literary Griot, and the Journal of Black Studies. She is also editor of Conversations with Gloria Naylor.

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