Revising the concept of black female sexuality in American literature

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dc.contributor Harris, Trudier
dc.contributor Smith, Cassander L.
dc.contributor Robinson, Michelle Bachelor
dc.contributor Hubbs, Jolene
dc.contributor.advisor Manora, Yolanda M. Randle, Kemeshia Laquita 2017-03-01T17:08:32Z 2017-03-01T17:08:32Z 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001550
dc.identifier.other Randle_alatus_0004D_11918
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract I evaluate the literary and historical discourses that have circumscribed black female sexualities (from 16th century English accounts with black African women to contemporary popular culture images) and contribute to three active and interesting critical discussions: the entrance and acceptance of sex in black literature, the current role of popular culture in the academy, and the evolution of black feminism. I predicate that ignoring or diminishing black female sexualities in academic discussions on account of societal perceptions forces one to ignore characters that, like The Color Purple (1982) and Push (1996) protagonists, negatively experience sex and are deficient of understanding for lack of critical conversation. Second, my project offers an intergenerational and inter-media approach to utilizing popular fiction and culture in the literary classroom. Finally, it provides what I call maverick feminism as an alternative critical lens for evaluating historical and modern texts. Maverick feminism recognizes the inability of an essential feminist theory to appease all scholars and suggests that inherent in modern black feminism is non-conforming, individualistic thinking that advises one to first fulfill self in order to wholly and attentively assist in the obliteration of racist, sexist, and classist oppression amongst others.
dc.format.extent 208 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.subject.other African American studies
dc.subject.other Women's studies
dc.title Revising the concept of black female sexuality in American literature
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of English English The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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