Toni Cade Bambara | Critical Essay by Martha M. Vertreace

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Toni Cade Bambara.
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Critical Essay by Martha M. Vertreace

SOURCE: "The Dance of Character and Community," in American Women Writing Fiction: Memory, Identity, Family, Space, edited by Mickey Pearlman, The University Press of Kentucky, 1989, pp. 155-71.

In the following essay, Vertreace examines the themes of community and identity in Bambara's stories.

The question of identity—of personal definition within the context of community—emerges as a central motif for Toni Cade Bambara's writing. Her female characters become as strong as they do, not because of some inherent "eternal feminine" quality granted at conception, but rather because of the lessons women learn from communal interaction. Identity is achieved, not bestowed. Bambara's short stories focus on such learning. Very careful to present situations in a highly orchestrated manner, Bambara describes the difficulties that her characters must overcome.

Contemporary literature teems with male characters in coming-of-age stories or...

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