Using Trauma to Create Self-Empowerment in Female African American Protagonists
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
African American Women Writers; Alice Walker; The Color Purple; Their Eyes Were Watching God; Trauma; Voice; Zora Neale Hurston
Most African American literature of the twentieth century reflects the long journey from slavery, when slave narratives provided an outlet of expression, to the novel, which provided a venue for commentary amidst a changing political world. Female African American authors especially found a voice in this process and reflected African American women's struggles against stereotypes and oppression that abused and silenced them many times over. Three important elements are prominent in female African American novels: self-actualization, community, and unbridled expression of love. The importance of language and voice was a common factor among these three elements, and all were used as significant aspects to character development.
Walker, Erin, "Using Trauma to Create Self-Empowerment in Female African American Protagonists" (2011). Arts and Culture. 59.