A theory of African-American archetypes: big mama and the whistlin' woman, 2010

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
A theory of African-American archetypes: big mama and the whistlin' woman, 2010
Creator:
Holston, Jan Alexia
Contributor to Resource:
Bess-Montgomery, Georgene
Twining, Mary Arnol
Vinyard, Alma
Date of Original:
2010-12-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Arts in Humanities (DAH)
Date of Degree: 2010
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences, English
This study introduces a literary Theory of African-American Archetypes, which is an outgrowth of two parent theories, Archetypal Criticism and African-American Literary Criticism. The theory posits that the folklore of Africana peoples created and inform culturally specific archetypes, which are deeply seeded in the collective unconscious of many African Americans. As in life, such archetypes are prevalent in African-American literature, which is momentous because they are both historic and perpetual within the community. The African-American Archetypal Big Mama is the character that will be used to demonstrate the theory as a viable form of literary criticism, using Gloria Naylors Mama day. Examination of her opposite, the Whistlin Woman, in Tina McElroy Ansas Ugly Ways and Taking After Mudear will substantiate and define the African-American Archetypal Big Mama by negation. Elucidation and application of the theory to African American literature are significant because they widen the criticism particularly for texts by and for African Americans. Additionally, the application opens the doors for critics of multi-ethnic literature to examine their own cultural idiosyncrasies and subsequent lore for archetypes explicit to their literary traditions.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2010_holston_jan_a
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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