A Fatherless Child

A Fatherless Child

Author: Tara T. Green

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826266545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

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The impact of absent fathers on sons in the black community has been a subject for cultural critics and sociologists who often deal in anonymous data. Yet many of those sons have themselves addressed the issue in autobiographical works that form the core of African American literature. A Fatherless Child examines the impact of fatherlessness on racial and gender identity formation as seen in black men’s autobiographies and in other constructions of black fatherhood in fiction. Through these works, Tara T. Green investigates what comes of abandonment by a father and loss of a role model by probing a son’s understanding of his father’s struggles to define himself and the role of community in forming the son’s quest for self-definition in his father’s absence. Closely examining four works—Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea, Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Malcolm X’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father—Green portrays the intersecting experiences of generations of black men during the twentieth century both before and after the Civil Rights movement. These four men recall feeling the pressure and responsibility of caring for their mothers, resisting public displays of care, and desiring a loving, noncontentious relationship with their fathers. Feeling vulnerable to forces they may have identified as detrimental to their status as black men, they use autobiography as a tool for healing, a way to confront that vulnerability and to claim a lost power associated with their lost fathers. Through her analysis, Green emphasizes the role of community as a father-substitute in producing successful black men, the impact of fatherlessness on self-perceptions and relationships with women, and black men’s engagement with healing the pain of abandonment. She also looks at why these four men visited Africa to reclaim a cultural history and identity, showing how each developed a clearer understanding of himself as an American man of African descent. A Fatherless Child conveys important lessons relevant to current debates regarding the status of African American families in the twenty-first century. By showing us four black men of different eras, Green asks readers to consider how much any child can heal from fatherlessness to construct a positive self-image—and shows that, contrary to popular perceptions, fatherlessness need not lead to certain failure.
A Fatherless Child
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Tara T. Green
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-02-28 - Publisher: University of Missouri Press

The impact of absent fathers on sons in the black community has been a subject for cultural critics and sociologists who often deal in anonymous data. Yet many of those sons have themselves addressed the issue in autobiographical works that form the core of African American literature. A Fatherless Child
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Language: en
Pages: 215
Authors: Harold Bloom
Categories: African Americans in literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-01-01 - Publisher: Infobase Publishing

Presents a selection of criticism devoted to the work of African American author Richard Wright.
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Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Elena V. Shabliy, Dmitry Kurochkin, Gloria Y. A. Ayee
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-30 - Publisher: Lexington Books

Women’s Human Rights in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture sheds light on women's rights advancements in the nineteenth century and early twentieth-century through explorations of literature and culture from this time period. With an international emphasis, contributors illuminate the range and diversity of women’s work as novelists, journalists, and short story
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Language: en
Pages: 182
Authors: Tara T. Green
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Mercer University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 182
Authors: T. Green
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-12-28 - Publisher: Springer

Oprah Winfrey has long promoted black issues by being involved as a producer or actor in the adaptation of works by African American writers for film. This volume evaluates Winfrey's involvement in the visual interpretation of African American literary texts using film, music, black masculinity, black feminist, and cultural theory.