Date of Award

12-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

African-American Studies

Abstract

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.

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