Gayl Jones’s seminal novel Corregidora tackles the often ignored topic of the sexual abuse of enslaved women by their white owners. The novel centers. Here is Gayl Jones’s classic novel, the tale of blues singer Ursa, consumed by her hatred of the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her. short, first novel by Gayl Jones. They agreed that she writes with strength and grace, that she knows her heroine, Ursa Corregidora, from the inside out, that she .

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Stay in Touch Sign up. Aug 06, John Pistelli rated it really liked it Shelves: She is a singer in a Joes cafe; she has lost her baby, her womb, and her husband Mutt, who hated her that much when he threw her downstairs.

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This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat There is some emphasis on generations following and bearing witness. And there’s no way she can follow the commands of her grandmother and great-grandmother to “”make generations”” — to bear witness coregidora the savagery of the white Portuguese slave owner, Corregidora, who corregodora both these women and Ursa’s mother.

Except we got to keep what we need to bear witness. But now she was Mama again. Do what you want. My review of this book has been long overdue – even though nobody was probably waiting for it in the first place, which does provide some solace. It is painful, it is uplifting; It is informative.

This is a pretty disturbing and powerful book. The language the men in her life use to describe and label Ursa is incredibly misogynistic corregiddora objectifying. She says, in the end, “It was like I didn’t know how much was me and Mutt and how much was Great Gram and Corregidora–like Mama when she had started talking like Great Gram. The importance of history and “generations” is something that would have gotten past me years ago, but I see how it forms the central point of the novel now.


The new edition corregicora an American masterpiece, this is the harrowing s Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Gayl Jones’s classic novel Corregidora! The protagonist of the novel, Ursa, is a black blues singer who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Before it was beautiful too, but you sound like you been through more now.

Trigger warnings are censorship, but god forbid we find something worrisome about those who self-censor by reading only the white, or the male, or both.

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But that’s not enough reason to read nearly pages, so I stopped somewhere after page Issues of resistance and the struggle to articulate personal desire are dramatized most [End Page ] poignantly through the bondage inflicted by the legacy of slavery, not by its historical condition.

Psychological bondage is also powerful. Even as she attempts to do so, she herself is trapped in abusive relationships. Jun 05, Omni rated it really liked it. Original, superbly imagined, nothing about the book is simple or easily digested.

I mean, was Maya Angelou the only accredited black woman writer running around? Print book Giveaway ends in: The reader encounters Eva in a prison for the criminally insane at the beginning of the story, to which she has been committed for poisoning and castrating her lover.

It also focuses on ancestral memory and orality as a way of passing on stories. We got to keep it visible as our blood. It’s small in page numbers, and it is HUGE in theme. It’s dark, it’s dreary, there does not seem to be much hope. The men are abusive as a way to demonstrate their power.


It is the epitome of Black women’s fiction in under pages. This is a brutal book, to be sure, but I read it in one fell swoop, mainly because I knew I couldn’t stand to dwell. Mar 19, Bri rated it liked it. This is an amazing, important book. Novelist, poet, playwright, professor, and literary critic.

That’s how we all begin. By killing him, she rebels against male tyranny, but her descent into insanity indicates that she is unable to construct a new role for herself. Though her fiction has been called “Gothic” in its exploration of madness, violence, and sexuality, musical metaphors might make for a more apt categorization.

Instead of appearing in court to face charges, Jones and Higgins fled the United States to Europe, and Jones resigned from the University of Michigan with a note addressed to President Ronald Reagan that read: This is a short correegidora complex read; it is not for everyone, however I found it was corregisora worthwhile literary departure from the “norm. The Autobiography of Santa Claus. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Confronted with their lesbianism, Ursa promptly returns to Tad’s, and the two marry shortly thereafter. There is so much to learn, to remember, to witness, to change.

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