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Title:Female slave portrayals in child and young adult historical fiction by African American authors
Author(s):Onuora, Ngozi
Director of Research:Harris, Violet J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Harris, Violet J.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Willis, Arlette I.; Moller, Karla J.; Anderson, James D.
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Curriculum and Instruction
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
chattel slavery
U.S. slavery
female slaves
slave portrayals
children’s literature
young adult literature
historical fiction
African American authors
critical race theory
critical black feminism
black feminist criticism
middle-level students
middle-grade students
literary analysis
literary criticism
textual analysis
Abstract:This study explored several works of historical fiction focused on slavery in the United States written by African-Americans for middle-level children. This exploration juxtaposed portrayals of female slaves developed by African-American female authors with portrayals created by African-American male authors. Historical fiction for children and young adults was collected and analyzed using literary criticism and literary theory that is interpretive in nature. Several key themes of the literature were identified as critical to understanding the slave experiences of black women in the United States. A combination of critical race theory and critical black feminism served as the theoretical lenses from which the portrayals were critiqued. The research suggested the importance of understanding the historical contributions of black girls and women to our country during the ante- and post-bellum eras. The use of historical fiction to supplement the social studies and American history curricula for middle grade youth was recommended.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Ngozi Onuora
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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