Masters Thesis

Black feminist theory reflected in selected literary works by Black female authors

This paper demonstrates that the findings of Black Feminist Theory run parallel to the themes of selected novels by famed black female authors such as: Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. These authors address core theoretical black feminist themes in their literary work including: oppression in the workplace, oppression in their own homes, the importance of fighting detrimental black stereotypes, exclusive standards of beauty in America, the importance of valuing community over patriarchy, the importance of sisterhood, autonomy, and the preservation of black masculinity. Though the literary approach is different from the social scientific approach, that being fictional and artistic versus factual and didactic, the thematic similarities are an almost perfect reflection. This paper illustrates how the authors under discussion support black feminist ideas and use their literary platform to create stories that shed light on historical and daily oppressions against black women.