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Gender, Class, And Identity in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood (Published)

The genesis of suffering of Afro-American women has multilayered factors, i.e., race, class, gender, etc. But the struggle of these women is still underrepresented. The present paper looks at the representation of Afro-American women in the fictions of two Afro-American women writers – Alice Walker and Suzan-Lori Parks – to investigate the gender, class, and race dynamics in their works. Their selected works were analyzed from a comparative perspective with a view to highlight the plight of Afro-American women, and to look for possible convergence in the emancipated portrayal of their juxtaposed characters.  The thematic stress and characterization of the protagonists in the selected works suggests that oppression of black women can be challenged only if they realize their own strength, in the bonds of sisterhood, for instance, or in the refusal to submission to oppressive conditions. Superficially, the writers have come up with juxtaposed images of black women – Alice Walker’s Celie victimized because of her poverty, race and gender, while Suzan-Lori Parks’ Hester allowing herself to be exploited by men, resorting to filicide in the end. But, at a deeper level both the writers chide black woman for their lack of strength to put a bold face against their oppressors.

Keywords: Afro-American Women's Oppression, Class, Filicide, Gender, race

The Practical and Theoretical Underpinning of Inclusion for College Students amidst Diverse Intersectionality (Published)

American higher education is facing another major transition with escalating costs, an influx of diverse students, and an over all question about the return on investment for higher education.  Within these complexities, this essay will consider the practical history and theoretical underpinning which inform the experience for students with complex intersectionality.  After reflecting on the higher education legal issues and Duboisian theory, the essay will provide recommendations for students and higher education personnel

Keywords: Higher Education, intersectionality, race