The Literary Advantage
The coda compares narrative strategies in Lee Daniels’s 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire with those in the 1996 source work in order to show that abstractionist disruption is most critically effective in verbal versus nonverbal narrative modes, precisely because the latter are not subject to grammatical regulation. It finally reviews plays by Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks to argue that, while abstractionism can be effective in theater, restrictions on public access to theatrical performance still make it less effective than print prose in engendering social critique.
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