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Autobiography as Political Resistance: Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi

Abstract ABSTRACT This dissertation focuses on Anne Moody's use of the autobiographical genre as an extension of her political activism. Noting consistent values and conventions that govern the writing of political activists, this study asserts that Moody's narrative is best situated in the genre of political autobiography--a term coined by Angela Davis. Using Margo V. Perkins' text as a base to define autobiography as activism, this dissertation illustrates the consistent values that characterize Moody's narrative as political autobiography, resistance literature, and ultimately Black Power literature. Building on the works of Joanne Braxton, Patricia Hill Collins, Angela Davis, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, bell hooks, Margo V. Perkins, ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Flanagan, Melissa Annette (Author) / Miller, Keith D (Advisor) / Stancliff, Michael (Committee member) / Anokye, Duku (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject African American studies / American literature / Women's studies / black power / civil rights movement / political autobiography / resistance literature
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 162 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. English 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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