The Daughter's Return: African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History

By Caroline Rody | Go to book overview

Epilogue
History, Horizontality, and the Postcolonial Hester
Prynne: On Condé, Mukherjee, and Morrison

It is wonderfully emblematic of our literary moment and apposite to this study's conclusion that Maryse Condé's reinscription of The Scarlet Letter, translated into English in 1992, was followed the next year by another feminist, postcolonial, historical fiction that performs its own distinctive reinscription of Hawthorne's text, Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World (1993). These two novels, by a Guadeloupean and an Indian-American woman writer, overlap like two antique, contradictory maps—or like the two circles of a Venn diagram—to embrace the story of Hester Prynne. I turn, in closing, to the puzzling recurrence of Hester in two contemporary women's texts in order to suggest a further extension of this study's “horizontal plot”: the connection between African-American and Caribbean women's revisionary historical fictions and those of women writers of other ethnic and national groups.

Comparing Condé's and Mukherjee's imaginative returns to Salem, I follow a model implicit in many of the works studied here. The invitation Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea makes to further revisions, parallel stories, “other sides”—to an expanded, cross-cultural female conversation—is made in Condé's novel too, Angela Davis suggests in her foreword to I, Tituba. Though Davis expresses “profound gratitude to Maryse Condé for having pursued and developed her vision of Tituba, Caribbean woman of African descent, ” she adds:

Should a Native American Tituba be recreated, in scholarly or fictional terms, this would be true to the spirit of Condé's Tituba and her revenge. For, in the final analysis, Tituba's revenge consists in reminding us that the doors to our suppressed cultural histories are still ajar…. And sometimes there is magic behind those doors, sparkling clues about the possibilities ahead. (xi)

-203-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Daughter's Return: African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 267

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.