Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
School of Arts and Sciences
This study concerns itself with the matter of researching the levels of eroticism in the poetry of African American women from the Harlem Renaissance to the present.
The research explores the subject of sexual taboos in the African American community, but more specifically examines the sexuality of African American women and how, through poetry, their sexuality evolves making them complete and whole beings.
The researcher found that by using poetry as a vehicle African American women have been able to display themselves as strong, sexual beings. Within their poetry they show that eroticism can be used as a tool for development of self rather than as a tool for development of self rather than as a vice which gives voice to heartache and pain.
Payne, Tiffinie N., "The depths of the black (w)hole: an evolutionary study of eroticism in the poetry of African American women from the Harlem Renaissance to the present" (1998). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 2623.