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Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies

Ronda C. Henry Anthony

Abstract

Using the slave narratives of Henry Bibb and Frederick Douglass, as well as the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Walter Mosley, and Barack Obama, this book examines how women’s bodies are used in African American literature to fund the production of black masculine ideality and power. In tracing representations of ideal black masculinities and femininities, it shows how black men’s struggles for gendered agency are inextricably entwined with their complicated relation to white men and normative masculinity. The historical context in which this study couches these struggles highlights t ... More

Keywords: black masculinity, Henry Bibb, Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Walter Mosley, Barack Obama, women’s bodies, African American literature, masculine ideality, gendered agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037344
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037344.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronda C. Henry Anthony, author