Accession Number : ADA299399

Title :   The Characterization of the African-American Male in Literature by African-American Women.

Descriptive Note : Trident scholar project rept. no. 229

Corporate Author : NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD

Personal Author(s) : Magee, Caroline E.

PDF Url : ADA299399

Report Date : 09 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 151

Abstract : African-American women' s literature has earned considerable recognition since the 1970's, due in large part to the critical acclaim and popular success of authors such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Terry McMillan. With that attention has come a wave of criticism attacking the literature as anti-male, due to persistently negative portrayals of African-American male characters. This analysis determines the nature of the trend in negative images of the black male and the validity of the criticism by examining numerous works by Morrison, McMillan, and Walker, along with the writing of several other authors in the genre. The significance of this study to both art and society lies in the fact that the application of a stereotypical label to a genre can prevent an audience from reading the literature with an open mind. The powerful artistic value of African-American women's writing and the lessons it can teach in cultural and human understanding will therefore be preserved. jg p.2

Descriptors :   *MALES, *CULTURE, *NEGROES, HUMANS, IMAGES, FEMALES.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE