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'Master of My Faith, Captain of My Soul': Identity and Community in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2017 (English)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is a close reading of the novels Beloved by Toni Morrison and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou with the purpose of analyzing the impact and role of the African American community in two characters’ formation of self. The aim is to contrast and compare the two chosen characters’ experiences with their respective African American communities and discuss common ground, similarities and differences. A postcolonial approach is applied to the analysis by using concepts and theory from Fanon’s arguments on the psychological effects on the oppressed, Cohen’s description of diaspora communities and Bhabha’s notion of hybridization and culture.

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2017. , 31 p.
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community, identity, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, diaspora, otherness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23588DiVA: diva2:1073144
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English language education
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Upper Secondary Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2017-02-20 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-02-20Bibliographically approved

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