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Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
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Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
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This project focuses on Nikki Giovanni’s history as a revolutionary female activist in The Black Arts Movement (BAM). The BAM was dedicated to advancing the livelihood of African-Americans through the arts. Nikki Giovanni recognized the tensions between being a revolutionary black woman and fitting society’s conventional standard of women. This paper highlights the life of an activist and poet engaged in a social revolution while trying to sustain a private life. Through the discussion of various poems in Black Feeling Black Talk/ Black Judgement (1970), this study explores the conflict between gender issues, race relations, and politics. As Giovanni positions herself as a revolutionary poet, she addresses the challenges black women faced to define their own voice under oppressive forces.
Mazeke, Kendra, "Counterrevolutionary Matters: Women's Issues in Nikki Giovanni's Black Feeling Black Talk/ Black Judgement" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1550.
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