Reconstruction of Black Identity in All Aunt Hagar’s Children

Lanyu Li

Abstract


All Aunt Hagar’s Children, the latest work of Edward P. Jones, profoundly reflects the ordinary lives of the African Americans in Washington D.C. during the 20th century. It comprises 14 short stories which are the minified versions of long novels with a legion of characters. This paper attempts to examine the self-identity crises of these characters in the perspective of the identity theory of Erik. H. Erikson and Anthony Giddens. All black characters in this novel collection encounter the predicament about their self-identity. They are discriminated and marginalized by the dominated white society in Washington in which they make great efforts to assimilate into only to find disappointment. They are faced with the racial identity crises when abandoning their traditional black values and refusing to track their own history. Furthermore, Black women are in the lower position with much more oppression, deprived of the rights from the patriarchy. Through detailed interpretation, this thesis reveals three essential resolutions to save these lost black from identity crisis.

 


Keywords


All Aunt Hagar’s Children; Self-identity crisis; African Americans; gender

Full Text:

PDF

References


Erikson, E. H. (1963). Childhood and society. New York: W. W. Norton & Co Inc.

Erikson, E. H. (1968). Identity: Youth and crisis. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Giddens, A. (1991). Modernity and self-identity: Self and society in the late modern age. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Giddens, A. (1990). The consequences of modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Graham, M., & Jones, E. P. (2008). An interview with Edward P. Jones. African American Review.

Jones, E. P. (2008). In the name of mother. Essence, 36(8).

Jones, E. P. (2006). All Aunt Hagar’s children. New York: HarperCollins.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11745

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2020 Lanyu Li

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Share us to:   


Reminder

How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.


We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; sll@cscanada.net; sll@cscanada.org

 Articles published in Studies in Literature and Language are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).

 STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE Editorial Office

Address: 1020 Bouvier Street, Suite 400, Quebec City, Quebec, G2K 0K9, Canada. 
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://www.cscanada.net; Http://www.cscanada.org 
E-mailoffice@cscanada.net; office@cscanada.org; caooc@hotmail.com

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture