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The Same River Twice

Signifying The Color Purple

Jill Terry

In 1996 Alice Walker published The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult, a memoir which describes her experiences leading up to the release in 1985 of Steven Spielberg's film version of The Color Purple, and her reactions to the criticism engendered by the film. This text is significant as a further development of the 'Walker and Purple' controversy which began with the 1982 publication of Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Walker's achievement of the canonisation and popularisation of The Color Purple earned her the role as a spokeswoman for African Americans and disenfranchised writers.

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Michael Murphy and Jill Terry

A Smell of Fish by Matthew Sweeney (London: Cape, 2000) ISBN 0 224 06067 8 £8.00

On the Track by John Lucas (Bradford: Redbeck Press, 2000) ISBN 0 946980 74 8 £6.95

The Weather in Japan by Michael Longley (London: Cape, 2000) ISBN 0 224 06042 7 £8.00

Advancing Sisterhood? Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction by Sharon Monteith (Athens and Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2000) ISBN 0–8203–2249–0 hard-back $40.00

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Paul Bentley, James Booth, Mark Forshaw, Judy Hayden, Sharon Monteith, Jill Terry, Pat Wheeler and Joanna Zylinska

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