As a poet, playwright, novelist, short-story writer, and critic, Gayl Jones has always resisted labels in her quest to find a liberating voice for black women and herself. With a poet’s lyricism and a musician’s ear for rhythm, she continually seeks new ways to confront the barriers, traumas, insecurities, and prejudices oppressing black women, and, by extension, all women.
After the Pain: Critical Essays on Gayl Jones is the first comprehensive collection of essays dedicated solely to the exploration of Jones’s work. Ranging from analyses of her use of language and music to reevaluations of her representation of sexuality and gender roles to examinations of the oft-overlooked connections between Latin America and African Americans, each of these essays investigates Jones’s desire to continually complicate the process of identity formation.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XVI, 266 pp.
Contents: Trudier Harris: Foreword – Fiona Mills/Keith B. Mitchell: After the Pain: An Introduction – Heather E. Epes: Identity
and Conceptual Limitation in Gayl Jones’s The Healing: From Turtle to Human Being – Shubha Venugopal: Textual Transfigurations
and Female Metamorphosis: Reading Gayl Jones’s The Healing – L.H. Stallings: From Mules to Turtle and Unicorn Women:
The Gender-Folk Revolution and the Legacy of the Obeah in Gayl Jones’s The Healing – Fiona Mills: Telling the Untold
Tale: Afro-Latino/a Identifications in the Work of Gayl Jones – Jill Terry: «reads kinda like jazz in they rhythm»: Gayl Jones’s
Recent Jazz Conversations – Sarika Chandra: Interruptions: Tradition, Borders, and Narrative in Gayl Jones’s Mosquito
– Keith B. Mitchell: «Trouble in Mind»: (Re)visioning Myth, Sexuality and Race in Gal Jones’s Corregidora – Megan Sweeney:
Prison Narratives, Narrative Prisons: Incarcerated Women Reading Gayl Jones’s Eva’s Man – Thomas Fahy: Unsilencing
Lesbianism in the Early Fiction of Gayl Jones – Howard Rambsy II: Things Deserving Echoes: Gayl Jones’s Liberating Poetry
– Lovalerie King: Resistance, Reappropriation, and Reconciliation: The Blues and Flying Africans in Gayl Jones’s Song for
Anninho – Keith Byerman: Afterword. Voicing Gayl Jones.