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Alice Walker: Who coined term womanist to mean ‘A black feminist or feminist of color’!

Alice Walker: Who coined term womanist to mean ‘A black feminist or feminist of color’!

Alice Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. She published the novel ‘The Color Purple’, for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Alice Walker also wrote the novels Meridian in 1976 and The Third Life of Grange Copeland in 1970. An avowed feminist, she coined the term womanist to mean “A black feminist or feminist of color” in 1983.

When she was eight, Alice sustained an injury to her right eye after one of her brothers fired a BB gun. Since her family did not have access to a car, she could not get immediate medical attention, causing her to become permanently blind in that eye. It was after the injury to her eye that she began to take up reading and writing. The scar tissue was removed when Alice was 14, but a mark still remains which is described in her essay ‘Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self.

  • Alice Walker published her first novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland in 1970. This novel explores the life of Grange Copeland – an abusive, irresponsible sharecropper, husband and father.
  • n 1976, her second novel Meridian was published. Meridian is a novel about activist workers in the South, during the civil rights movement, with events that closely parallel some of Walker’s own experiences.
  • In 1982, she published The Color Purple, which has been her best-known work. The novel follows a young, troubled black woman fighting her way through not just racist white culture but patriarchal black culture as well. The book became a bestseller and was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed 1985 movie directed by Steven Spielberg, featuring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as a 2005 Broadway musical totaling 910 performances.
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A part from the above, Alice Walker has many Novels, collection of short stories tto her credit. In 2013, Alice published two new books, one of them entitled The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way. The other was a book of poems entitled The World Will Follow Joy Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems).

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