Critical Insights: James McBride, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1682176959
  • ISBN-13: 9781682176955
  • DDC: 813.6
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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This volume will discuss the varied works of James McBride, including his memoir The Color of Water and his National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird among other works. The themes covered include: historical ties to World War II; the Civil War; his family relationships and unique upbringing. The volume will provide critical analysis and close readings of his works.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
The Author.
1: Biographical Sketch: James McBride.
2: On James McBride.
Critical Contexts.
3: James McBride's The Good Lord Bird: A Pluralist Approach.
4: The Critique of History in James McBride's Works.
5: On a Forgotten Front: James McBride's Miracle at St. Anna and the Fiction of the Italian Campaign of World War II.
6: Reading James McBride: A Literature Review of Secondary Sources about James McBride and His Writings.
Critical Readings.
7: James McBride's The Color of Water: Some Reasons for Its Popularity.
8: The Color of Still Waters: McBride, Obama, and the Fierce Urgency of the New Now.
9: Superstition's Role in Shaping Identity throughout History and the Film Adaptation of James McBride's Miracle at St. Anna.
10: Learning the Code: A Deconstruction of Archetypes of Oppression, Transformation, and Freedom in James McBride's Song Yet Sung.
11: James McBride on The Good Lord Bird: Evidence from Interviews.
12: James McBride's The Good Lord Bird: Assessments by Early Reviewers.
13: James McBride's The Good Lord Bird and the Peculiar Legacies of Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner.
14: Unlikely Witnesses to Convulsive and Consternating History: The Narrators of James McBride's The Good Lord Bird and Thomas Berger's Little Big Man.
15: James McBride and James Brown: The Varied Appeal of Kill 'Em and Leave.
16: James McBride's Short Fiction: “Father Abe”.
Select Chronology of James McBride's Life.
Works by James McBride.
About The Editor.