Literary Techniques

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As a contemporary work of fiction (written after 1945), Those Bones Are Not My Child illustrates concerns about the individual's role...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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As Bambara's intent was to tell the community's story, issues of narration are extremely significant. From the "Prologue's" invitation for...

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Social Concerns

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Because Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child is based upon the Atlanta child murders of the late 1970s and early '80s, her...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Ashe, Bertram D. From Within the Frame: Storytelling in African-American Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2002. Inclusive study of narrative techniques in African American fiction, with an entire chapter devoted to Bambara’s short story “My Man Bovanne” as an example of the liberation of the African American story from its traditional narrative framework.

Benjamin, Shanna Greene. Review of Those Bones Are Not My Child, by Toni Cade Bambara. African American Review 35, no. 2 (Summer, 2001): 338. Balanced review of Bambara’s final novel, noting both its strengths and its weaknesses.

Dickson-Carr, Darryl. The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. Includes a biographical overview of both Bambara’s multidimensional public life—as a community activist, social worker, political activist, and documentary filmmaker—and her literary career as a fiction writer and editor. Provides specific analysis of Those Bones Are Not My Child.

Holmes, Linda Janet, and Cheryl A. Wall, eds. Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007. The most comprehensive and best resource on Bambara’s writings, including a detailed examination of Those Bones Are Not My Child.

Taylor, Carole Anne. The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance: Reading Modernity Through Black Women’s Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000. Creative application of modern and postmodern literary theory to selected texts by African American women, with much discussion of the Medusa myth as utilized by Bambara in The Salt Eaters.

Literary Precedents

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Those Bones Are Not My Child is part of a distinct tradition of contemporary African American literature. It should not be surprising...

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Related Titles

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In Race, Gender, and Desire, Elliott Butler- Evans draws a connection between Bambara and Walter Benjamin's definition of a...

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