"All Things Loved and Unlovable": Discovering Southern Identity in Black Migration Novels

Holman, Michael (2017) "All Things Loved and Unlovable": Discovering Southern Identity in Black Migration Novels. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Jay Watson from English, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This thesis traces the development of the ways that the South figures in the imaginations of black writers by examining Southern identity in three novels centered around migratory protagonists. The thesis examines the ways in which folk identity, urban landscapes, remigration, and gender shape the migration experience in each novel. The novels discussed here are Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Quicksand posits the South as a place of unique danger, especially for black women, Invisible Man characterizes it as a place defined by oppressive memory that may be utilized as a resource for survival, and Song of Solomon describes it as the home of black ancestral roots and a potential place of healing from racial trauma. Song of Solomon also offers reconciliation for the two conceptions of gender within Quicksand and Invisible Man.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Holman, Michael
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English
Thesis Advisor: Jay Watson
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Mr Michael Holman
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 17:09
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 17:09
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/829

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