- Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
- Re-constructing Black manhood: An exploration of Black masculine performance in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Daniel Black’s Perfect Peace, and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout
- Fox, Kyle R.
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- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
- Contemporarily, black narratives directly engage debates about racialized manhood in American society, but they also respond to earlier literary depictions of black manhood by writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin. The effects the aforementioned literary giants had on literature can still be felt today. With their novels, they each broke ground with their depiction of the black male. By signifying on their literary antecedents, contemporary writers are attempting the same by illustrating how black manhood has been defined and redefined within a broader black literary tradition. Addressing the constellation of issues plaguing black males and their notions of identity, it is the aim of this project to elucidate how contemporary black male writers attempt to define and redefine literary representations of black masculine identities in a contemporary moment. Employing Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Daniel Black’s Perfect Peace, and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout this dissertation offers a more elastic paradigm for black masculinity and manhood through the perspective of their black male characters.
Date of award: 2020-07
Degree type: dissertation
Degree name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of Humanities
Advisor: Black, Daniel
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- Clark Atlanta University