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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Coleman, Kendric
Author's Email Address kcolema@lsu.edu
URN etd-04112005-175540
Title Power, Money, and Sex(uality): The Black Masculine Paradigm
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John Lowe Committee Chair
Brian Cremins Committee Member
Femi Euba Committee Member
Helen Regis Committee Member
Thomas Durant Jr. Committee Member
Keywords
  • black men
  • masculinity
  • sexuality
Date of Defense 2005-04-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study develops the Black Masculine Paradigm (BMP), a construct used to trace historically specific components that inform black masculinity and explores the physical and psychological defensive strategies employed by black men in Richard Wright's Black Boy, Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promisedland, Nathan McCall's Make Me Wanna Holler, and James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues. Specifically, this project offers that power, money, and sex(uality) are located at the core of the BMP, and these social objectives are negotiated through politicization, prescribed masculinity, and heterosexuality. This project reads the politicization of the black male body through its presence in literature and film. Adding to work included by literary and cultural studies scholars, the study has social and psychological dimensions that suggest an alternate form of black masculinity as well. The study reveals that these strategies affect the black males' economic, social and physical movement, and creates a corrupt national narrative that is informed and disrupted by racism.
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