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Bachelor of Arts
Black Studies, Africana Studies, Sociology & Anthropology
Anthony S. Foy
Through the place of Africa within the autobiographical works of black writers, we can analyze how African Americans were influenced by and incorporated themselves into liberatory movements in African and throughout the African Diaspora. This thesis explores the autobiographical texts of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston in order to situate the role of Africa in shaping African American liberatory aspirations in their own lives and how they used that image and their personal narrative to envision a diasporic community. Proposing the paradox of how we can imagine Africa in texts that do not explicitly mention Africa or only briefly and indirectly, I argue in conclusion that taken together, Wright and Hurston are working toward the same goal of black liberation, but on divergent levels; where Wright takes up the political, Hurston examines the cultural.
Black, Shameika M. , '11, "Understanding the Place of Africa in Black Liberation and Diasporic Community Formations through the Autobiographical Self: A Comparative Analysis of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston" (2011). Senior Theses, Projects, and Awards. 198.