Date of Award
African American, Women, Literature
This thesis examines the way gender expands and nuances W.E.B. DuBois’s double consciousness theory, which depicts the African American identity as a doubleness that is both American and Negro. Black feminist criticism’s nuanced formulation of DuBois’s formulation of Black identity allows the African American literary tradition to be seen through three lenses: an American, a Negro, and an African American’s gender identity. In order to further contemporize the pre-existing Black feminist criticism, I examine Hurston, Brooks, and Morrison in the three time periods that followed DuBois’s coining of double consciousness theory: (1) the Harlem Renaissance, (2) the Civil Rights Movement and (3) the Black Women’s Renaissance. TCT not only contemporizes the African American literary tradition so that more voices are elevated through close readings on race and gender, but also informs how we should read the African American literature that is to come, especially after the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement.
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Wesley, Asia, "Adding a Dimension: Illustrating Triple Consciousness Theory in the African American Literary Tradition" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2017.
Received from ProQuest
African American studies, Gender studies, Women's studies