“The story of a wound that cries out”: An analysis of intergenerational trauma in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Gayl Jones’s Corregidora, 2021

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
“The story of a wound that cries out”: An analysis of intergenerational trauma in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Gayl Jones’s Corregidora, 2021
Creator:
Taylor, Adjoa H. A.
Date of Original:
2021-05
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
born digital
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
This thesis explores how the institutions of American Slavery and racial oppression created a culture of historical intergenerational trauma for the people of the African Diaspora. This study utilizes the diagnostic criteria of several psychological frameworks to analyze the depictions of trauma reflected in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl and Gayl Jones’s Corregidora. Applying the diagnostic criteria for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, The Four Traumagenic Dynamics model for child sexual abuse survivors (CSA), and Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome to the texts provides an informed literary concomitance between the complex traumas experienced by the protagonists, Linda Brent and Ursa Corregidora, and intergenerational literary trauma theory. The need to employ several diagnostic frameworks in analyzing the texts of these Black women writers validates the desire for the continued evolution and advancement of an intergenerational literary trauma theory specific to the analysis of works authored by Black women writers descended from American Slavery.
Date of award: 2021-05
Degree type: thesis
Degree name: Master of Arts (MA)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of English and Modern Languages
Advisor: Montgomery, Georgene B.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2021_taylor_adjoa_h_a
Original Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Holding Institution:
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
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