Mother Dear: The Motivations of Tina McElroy Ansa’s Mudear.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tara T. Green, Professor, Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Until the 1997 publication of the Oxford Companion of African-American Literature, Tina McElroy Ansa's work had not received the kind of attention it deserves. Instead, she was considered to be one of many contemporary Black, popular fiction novelists preceded by the success of Terry McMillan. In her review of African-American novels, Thulani Davis asserts, ... there is a crop of African American fiction coming of the 90's, written by 40ish folk, that's less interested in race and protest. It speaks in the practiced tongue of white mainstream literature. Melvin Dixon, Marita Golden, Tina McElroy Ansa and [Terry] McMillan show in their work a silent—in some cases maybe unconscious—struggle with assimilation. (26) While these authors may not have been interested in writing racial protest literature, they should not be categorized as Black writers whose works are "whitewashed" in the interest of assimilation. In particular, Tina McElroy Ansa's fiction is not merely a Black writer's version of "white mainstream literature." Ansa, as Patricia Hill Collins says of African-American writers and musicians, "explores [the] journey toward freedom in ways that are characteristically female" (Black Feminist Thought 113).

Additional Information

The Griot: Official Journal for the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies. (Spring 2002): 46-52
Language: English
Date: 2002
Tina McElroy, Ansa

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