The Color Purple | Critical Essay by Carole Anne Taylor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of The Color Purple.
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Critical Essay by Carole Anne Taylor

SOURCE: Taylor, Carole Anne. “Humor, Subjectivity, Resistance: The Case of Laughter in The Color Purple.Texas Studies in Literature and Language 36, no. 4 (winter 1994): 462-82.

In the following essay, Taylor evaluates Walker's use of laughter in The Color Purple, asserting that the novel employs laughter as a shared acknowledgment of pain and camaraderie, rather than lighthearted banter.

They crush and crush your heart; your humor escapes. 

—Alice Walker, “Ndebele”

Postmodernism for postmodernism, politics for politics, I'd rather be an ironist than a terrorist.

—Susan Suleiman, Subversive Intent

Indeed, irony in the face of actual torture is arguably less worthwhile than terrorism in the face of a text. And we don't, in any event, always get to choose our contexts or our adversaries.

—Lillian Robinson, “At Play...

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