The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. GainesMiss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines’s now-classic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss Jane’s remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. It is a story of courage and survival, history, bigotry, and hope—as seen through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all. A historical tour de force, a triumph of fiction, Miss Jane’s eloquent narrative brings to life an important story of race in America—and stands as a landmark work for our time.
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All novels are about certain minorities: the individual is a minority. Ralph Ellison. Even if Gaines dispelled any possible misconceptions about his book, 1 the strategies he chose to adopt nevertheless raise a number of questions: What is the significance of calling a work of fiction an autobiography? Finally, how do historical, autobiographical and oral strategies fuse so as to produce the multi-voiced historical novel called The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman? This clear-cut separation is made for methodological purposes only; the various influences obviously concur in the novel. The autobiographical narrative accompanied the construction of the American nation and the American self ever since colonial times.
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Jan 27, ISBN , Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry.
Context Ernest J. His parents, Manuel and Adrienne Gaines, worked on the plantation ,and Ernest also started working there he was just eight. By the time he was nine, he was digging potatoes for fifty cents a day. He is the oldest of eight brothers and three sisters. She was disabled, having no legs, so she took care of the children while the other adults worked. Her strength and determination influenced the young Ernest, and, as a result, strong older black women, such as Jane Pittman, have frequently played an important role in his fiction.