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Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century

Nazera Sadiq Wright


Long portrayed as a masculine endeavor, the African American struggle for progress often found expression through an unlikely literary figure: the black girl. Drawing on heavy archival research on a wide range of texts about African American girls, this book explores the phenomenon of black girlhood. It shows that the figure of the black girl in African American literature provided a powerful avenue for exploring issues like domesticity, femininity, and proper conduct. The characters' actions, however fictional, became a rubric for African American citizenship and racial progress. At the same ... More

Keywords: black girlhood, African American girls, African American literature, black girls, domesticity, femininity, proper conduct, citizenship, racial progress, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040573
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nazera Sadiq Wright, author
University of Kentucky