Ideas for Group Discussions
Banks, Erma, and Keith Byerman. Alice Walker: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Press, 1989. Collects the major and minor material written on Alice Walker from 1968 to 1986.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Alice Walker. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2007. Compilation of scholarly essays on Walker’s life and work. Includes an essay on her representation of southern life and culture in The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
Dixon, Henry O. Male Protagonists in Four Novels of Alice Walker: Destruction and Development in Interpersonal Relationships. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. Examines the relationship between sadism and reform in The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
Gaston, Karen C. “Women in the Lives of Grange Copeland.” CLA Journal 24 (March, 1981): 276-286. Positions the women characters’ lives as Walker’s major thematic concern.
Harris, Trudier. “Fear of Castration: A Literary History.” In Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984. Argues that Grange and Brownfield attempt to flee the symbolic castration and lynching of the sharecropping system. Only Grange is able to resurrect his dignity.
Hogue, W. Lawrence. “History, the Feminist Discourse, and The Third Life of Grange Copeland. ” In Discourse and the Other: The Production of the Afro-American Text. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1986. Demonstrates how Walker uses a period of black history to represent a largely feminist story.