Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts

First Advisor

Maik Nwosu

Second Advisor

Tayana Hardin

Third Advisor

Casey Stockstill

Fourth Advisor

Frédérique Chevillot


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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Rights Holder

Asia Wesley


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African American studies, Gender studies, Women's studies