Literary Techniques

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

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

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.


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Literary Precedents

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

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

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