"(Re)consider me": black girl-women in African American literature

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dc.contributor Crank, James A.
dc.contributor Green, Hilary N.
dc.contributor Manora, Yolanda M.
dc.contributor Smith, Cassander L.
dc.contributor.advisor Harris, Trudier
dc.contributor.author Washington, Sondra Bickham
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-30T17:24:57Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-30T17:24:57Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003623
dc.identifier.other Washington_alatus_0004D_14145
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7022
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract For years, many authors have neglected, minimized, or created one-dimensional black girls in African American literature, often including their stories as mere context or backdrops for adult characters. Likewise, critics commonly overlook African American female children and adolescents in their scholarship and loosely use the designation “black girl” to describe adult black women and children alike. This project attempts to shift this trend by locating and emphasizing complex black female children and adolescents in African American literature, particularly characters whose innocence and childhoods are denied and whose maturities have been expedited for familial, laboring, and/or sexual purposes. To enhance the emerging interdisciplinary field of black girlhood studies, I present a new conceptual approach—the black girl-woman, a female character whose mental development is or has been interrupted or stagnated by traumatic experiences suffered during her formative years, forcing her to behave as a woman or to perform various duties associated with womanhood despite her chronological age. I apply this theoretical approach to a broad swath of African American literature, including Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig, Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, Delores Phillips’s The Darkest Child, Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body, A. J. Verdelle’s The Good Negress, and Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever.
dc.format.extent 162 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.title "(Re)consider me": black girl-women in African American literature
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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