Bibliography (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Babb, Valerie Melissa. Ernest Gaines. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Asserts that Gaines’s writing transcends African American experience and voices the concerns of humanity. Catherine Carmier is a pastoral, but one in decline.
Bell, Bernard W. “Ernest Gaines.” In The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987. Bell claims that Catherine Carmier is informed by the sense of nihilism of the nineteenth century Russian author Ivan Turgenev and by the sense of southern history of the twentieth century American author William Faulkner.
Bryant, Jerry H. “Ernest J. Gaines: Change, Growth, and History.” The Southern Review 10 (1974): 851-864. Bryant states that Gaines combines moral commitment and aesthetic distance. Catherine Carmier depicts the triumph of inertia.
Byerman, Keith E. “Negotiations: The Quest for a Middle Way in the Fiction of James Alan McPherson and Ernest Gaines.” In Fingering the Jagged Grain: Tradition and Form in Recent Black Fiction. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985. Examines how Jackson and Catherine must escape the confinements of the old world, but in the name of the values of that world.
Carmean, Karen. Ernest J. Gaines: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.:...
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