Cultivating Black Lesbian Shamelessness: Alice Walker's The Color Purple

  title={Cultivating Black Lesbian Shamelessness: Alice Walker's The Color Purple},
  author={Christopher S. Lewis},
  journal={Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature},
  pages={167 - 184}
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Published 21 March 2013
  • Art
  • Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
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