Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Green, Tara T.: A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Green, Tara T.: A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men

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Green, Tara T. A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men. University of Missouri, 2009, pp, 184, ISBN: 0826218210.

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This book 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, the author (professor and director of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro) 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 as she closely examines 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 to portray the intersecting experiences of generations of Black men during the twentieth century both before and after the Civil Rights movement as these four men recall feeling the pressure and responsibility of caring for their mothers, resisting public displays of care, and desiring a loving, non-contentious relationship with their fathers. …

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