Date of Award
University or Center
Atlanta University (AU)
School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. William H. Boone
Black male and female authors have been known to place black men and black women in stereotypical roles. Black male authors usually depict black women as weak and uneducated while black female authors illustrate black men to be users, abusers, drug addicts and uneducated individuals. The negative depictions are believed to have come about as a result of slavery. There has been strong criticism by black men and women in the way we depict each other in literature. Eight books by black male and female authors have been selected in order to fairly review how they portray each other in their literature. The study’s conclusion will determine whether each gender portrays the opposite gender in a derogatory manner.
Wyatt, Gina E., "The portrayal of black men
and black women in selected works
of selected black authors" (1988). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 344.