Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 100 pages
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A critical overview of the work features such contributors as Sidonie Ann Smith, Sondra O'Neale, Pierre A. Walker, and George E. Kent.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Biographical Sketch
9
The Story Behind the Story
12
List of Characters
15
Summary and Analysis
18
Critical Views
52
STEPHEN BUTTERFIELD ONI KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
55
GEORGE E KENT ON THE UNIQUENESS OF CAGED BIRD
57
DOLLY A MCPHERSON ON ANGELOUS USE OF COMIC IRONY
69
MARY VERMILLION ON ANGELOUS REPRESENTATION OF RAPE
71
PIERRE A WALKER ON FORMS OF RESISTANCE
74
LYMAN B HAGEN ON DEPICTIONS OF LOVE
78
MARION M TANGUM AND MARJORIE SMELSTOR ON THE ACT OF GAZING
79
Works by Maya Angelou
83
Annotated Bibliography
84
Contributors
90

SONDRA ONEALE ON THE PERCEPTION OF BLACK WOMEN
60
JOANNE M BRAXTON ON BLACK AUTOBIOGRAPHY
63
FRANÇOISE LIONNET ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY AS LITERATURE
65
Acknowledgments
93
Index
95
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Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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