"Carmichael demonstrates that Walker was ahead of her time, practicing radical social history even before more widespread literary and historiographical revisions of the plantation tradition. Her important study can only spur more of the critical attention the novel deserves."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Jacqueline Miller Carmichael situates Walker's book in the context of its use of history and folklore, its formal structure, and its composition, publication, and reception."
Jubilee is noteworthy for being one of the first novels to present African American history from both a black and female perspective. It is a historical and fictional account of Walker's great-grandmother's life, from slavery through Reconstruction, as told to Walker by her maternal grandmother. In Trumpeting a Fiery Sound, Jacqueline Miller Carmichael examines the novel's genesis and composition, the process of revision and publication, the work's structure and narrative strategies, its use of history and folklore, and its critical reception in the three decades since its first publication.
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