The past two decades have seen a growing influx of biracial discourse in fiction, memoir, and theory, and since the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the presidency, debates over whether America has entered a "post-racial" phase have set the media abuzz. In this penetrating and provocative study, Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins adds a new dimension to this dialogue.
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The defining quality of Black womanhood is strength, states Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant inBehind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman. But, she argues, the idea of strength undermines its real function: to defend and maintain a stratified social order by obscuring Black women's experiences of suffering, acts of desperation, and anger.
Argues for a redefinition of the genre of black American autobiography to include the images of women as well as their memoirs, reminiscences, diaries, and journals - as a corrective to both black and feminist literary criticism.
Explodes the myth that self-hatred is the dominant theme in Black identity. This book, using a thorough review of social scientific literature on Black identity conducted between 1936 and 1967, demonstrates that important themes of mental health and adaptive strength have been frequently overlooked by scholars, both Black and White.