Double Marginalization in Literature: the Timeline from Slavery to the Present

Isabella Goncea and Dr. Teresa Gilliams, Department of English, Albright College, 1621 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA 19604

This research paper discusses the relationship between double marginalization and adultification during slavery and the portrayal of it in novels from the Harlem Renaissance and the present. The paper takes a thorough dive into the relationships between men – both white and black – and black women during slavery and the Harlem Renaissance, concentrating on how men treat women (and young girls) as animals, objects to be controlled, and sexual objects. By studying Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry, and Jean Toomer’s “Karintha” (Cane), the research determines that Harlem Renaissance authors use personal experiences to depict the double marginalization of women during the Harlem Renaissance. Additionally, this paper analyzes how Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead combine their personal experiences with research on slave narratives to depict double marginalization during slavery with their respective novels, A Mercy and The Underground Railroad. This research concludes that modern authors more accurately depict double marginalization.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Isabella Goncea

Institution: Albright College

Type: Oral

Subject: English & Literature

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 1117
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