Title

Nobody's Boy

Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

Committee Chair

Steven Barthelme

Committee Chair Department

English

Committee Member 2

Dr. Linda Allen

Committee Member 2 Department

English

Committee Member 3

Dr. Kenneth Watson

Committee Member 3 Department

English

Committee Member 4

Andrew Milward

Committee Member 4 Department

English

Committee Member 5

Dr. Angela Ball

Committee Member 5 Department

English

Abstract

"Village literature," literature that is written for and about the tribe, or community, has been a long standing tradition among African American writers such as Toni Morrison. These stories follow that tradition in that they are largely reflective of the African American Experience particularly South Alabama during the sixties. The decade that was marked by such violence and bloodshed is reflected here through the stories of a family experiencing it firsthand, yet who are not fully aware that they are living in a historically significant period of history. It is only through the retrospective lens of a child in that family that this fact is realized.

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