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General Information

Name:  Amy K. Levin  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: New Delhi, India

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Illinois Connection

Professor Levin has lived in Illinois since 1995, first in DeKalb and now in DuPage County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy K. Levin is Director of Women's Studies, and Professor of English. She has taught classes in Woman's Studies, Aftican-American Literature, and British Literature.

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Titles At Your Library

The Suppressed Sister: A Relationship in Novels by Nineteenth- And Twentieth-Century British Women
ISBN: 083875211X

Bucknell Univ Pr. 1992

Levin, Amy K.

Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women's Novels
ISBN: 0813026318

University Press of Florida. 2003

Africanism and Authenticity traces the continuing influence of West African women's traditions and societies on late-twentieth-century literature by African-American women. The first half of the book focuses on how these influences permeate both theme and imagery in novels by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, and Gloria Naylor. The second half focuses on recent neo-slave narratives as works that sprang from the African experience rather than works that merely parallel the original slave narratives. Levin is one of the first writers to discuss Toni Morrison's Paradise and Gloria Naylor's Men of Brewster Place. Amy Levin's study is the first to focus so explicitly on the importance of West African women's traditions in contemporary writing by African-American women. Levin challenges feminist studies of these writings by revealing the extent to which those studies remain Eurocentric, even as they question Afrocentric readings that draw only on African male traditions as if they were the same as women's practices. In addressing these issues, Africanism and Authenticity helps to refine the current discussion of literary authenticity and documents a distinctive tradition that



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