In reading Toni Cade Bambara’s collection of short stories, Gorilla, My Love (1972), one is immediately struck by her portrayal of black life and by her faithful reproduction of black dialect. Her firstperson narrators speak conversationally and authentically: ‘‘So Hunca Bubba in the back with the pecans and Baby Jason, and he in love . . . there’s a movie house . . . which I ax about. Cause I am a movie freak from way back, even though it do get me in trouble sometime’’. What Twain’s narrator Huck Finn did for the dialect of middle America in the mid-nineteenth...
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