Gloria Naylor Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Gloria Naylor Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

White people do not appear often and are not featured in the work of Gloria Naylor, yet their presence can be felt like a white background noise, or like the boulevard traffic on the other side of the wall from Brewster Place. White culture is simply another fact of life, like a nearby nuclear reactor or toxic waste dump, and the effects of racism and discrimination are omnipresent in Naylor’s work. Against these stifling effects her characters live their lives and try to define their sense of black identity, from the ghetto dwellers of Brewster Place to the social climbers of Linden Hills to the denizens of Willow Springs, a pristine southern island relatively untouched by slavery and segregation.

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