Heritage and deracination in Walker's "Everyday Use." (Alice Walker)

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Author: David Cowart
Date: Spring 1996
From: Studies in Short Fiction(Vol. 33, Issue 2)
Publisher: Studies in Short Fiction
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,296 words

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Alice Walker's short story "Everyday Use" examines the issue of how African Americans become separated from what culturally defines them. The main character's intelligence blinds her to the importance of ordinary objects as cultural markers. The alternative to such a narrow view is a living tradition that preserves heritage.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A20831941