Thursday, November 11, 2021

Imagining a tradition for women in James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner"

At the end of James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner", the preacher Sister Margaret Alexander tells her sister Odessa what she has learned after the return of her estranged husband Luke and her removal as the pastor of her church: "The only thing my mother should have told me is that being a woman ain't nothing but one long fight with men. And even the Lord, look like, ain't nothing but the most impossible kind of man there is." As she never experienced it herself, Margaret has to imagine a tradition of women's knowledge as a counter to women's "long fight" with a male power that is both mundane and divine. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 11 November 2021)

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