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Finding a Way HomeA Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction$
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Owen E. Brady and Derek C. Maus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730883

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.001.0001

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Easy Women

Easy Women

Black Beauty in Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Mystery Series

(p.58) Easy Women
Finding a Way Home

Lisa B. Thompson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how Walter Mosley’s rendering of African American women, particularly EttaMae Harris, a recurring character in the Easy Rawlins series, presents an alternative aesthetic in which they represent beauty, power, vulnerability, and Easy’s own longing for home. It presents a reading of Little Scarlet, the ninth installment in the series, because it exemplifies Mosley’s reconsideration of black womanhood, challenging both representations of black women in African American literature and views of them in mainstream society.

Keywords:   African American women, African American literature, Little Scarlet, black womanhood, black women

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