This edited volume offers innovative ways of analyzing economics in Gloria Naylor's fiction, using interpretive strategies which are applicable to the entire tradition of African American literature. The writers gathered here embody years of insightful and vigorous Naylor scholarship. Underpinning each of the essays is a celebratory validation that Naylor is one of the most provocative novelists of our time.
Sharon A. Lewis, PhD, is a retired Professor Emerita of English from Montclair State University, USA, where she taught African American women's literature, women prose writers, and introduction to literary theory. Her research interests are the literary intersections of social class, race and gender and environmental thought in Black women's novels.Ama S. Wattley, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Pace University, USA. Her areas of interest include African American drama, African American women's literature, and nineteenth and twentieth century African American literature. She has published essays on playwrights August Wilson, Pearl Cleage, Alice Childress, P. J. Gibson, Aishah Rahman, and Amiri Baraka, as well as novelists Toni Morrison and Ann Petry. She is co-editor of Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism with Dr Deborah Poe.