Marilyn Nelson Waniek (essay date spring 1983)
SOURCE: Waniek, Marilyn Nelson. “Paltry Things: Immigrants and Marginal Men in Paule Marshall's Short Fiction.” Callaloo 6, no. 2(18) (spring 1983): 46-56.
[In the following essay, Waniek explores the themes of alienation and duality as reflected in Paule Marshall's short fiction.]
As a first-generation West Indian-American and the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, Paule Marshall gives evidence in her work of a marginal duality similar to that felt by immigrants. While not herself an immigrant, Marshall grew up in an immigrant community whose legacy to her and her work is a share of its alienation. Marshall's first novel, Brown Girl,...
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