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Literature in English, North America

City University of New York (CUNY)

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Imagining The Archive: Speculation As A Tool Of Archival Reconstruction, Marieclaire Graham May 2019

Imagining The Archive: Speculation As A Tool Of Archival Reconstruction, Marieclaire Graham

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This thesis examines a speculative methodological approach towards restoring silenced Black voices in the archive. First, I will discuss the reasons why this work is necessary, exploring the various patterns of muting, distortion, erasure, and disenfranchisement that Black communities experience within the United States in both physical and written forms. The use of speculation specifically addresses the dehumanization that has followed the Black experience in the United States from the earliest violent incarnation of slavery, and creating the foundation of this kind of silencing allows us to understand why speculation, as opposed to other methodological models for archive restoration, is ...


Suffering And The Black Female Narrative In The Twentieth Century, Aquilah Jourdain Jan 2019

Suffering And The Black Female Narrative In The Twentieth Century, Aquilah Jourdain

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Adventure, romance, and happiness are not large parts of the stories Black women tell. If we had to name ten mainstream literary novels released in the last 50 years that featured Black women central to the plot — and included the aforementioned themes — we would be hard-pressed to find them. Though there are real life accounts of love, joy, and adventure in the lives of Black women, why do we see these life experiences documented sparingly? In the stories written by andforBlack women, where can Black female readers find joy in their history and culture without elements of grave sacrifice, abuse ...