Symbolizing the Past: Reading Sankofa, Daughters of the Dust, & Eve's Bayou as Histories

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University Press of America, 2000 - Performing Arts - 96 pages
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Examples of constructing history through film, the three fictional narratives which are the focus of Sandra Grayson's study provide insight into how the role of the African American woman has been overlooked to the point of suppression. The women in these works are presented as warriors, educators, healers, seers, oral historians, as well as mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. Through research into archival materials and study of the symbols encoded in the films themselves, Symbolizing the Past reveals the gap between the reality of black mythic history and its representation.
 

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Contents

Images PastSigns Transformed
1
History Memory the African American Oral Tradition
5
Asante Icons in Sankofa
25
Orisha Codes in Daughters of the Dust
39
Mirroring Narrative Reflecting Past Eves Bayou Tradition Preservation
53
Looking Back with Scholarly Eyes
75
Conclusion
83
Bibliography
85
INDEX
95
About the Author
97
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Sandra M. Grayson is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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