The Voices of African American Women

The Use of Narrative and Authorial Voice in the Works of Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker

by Yvonne Johnson (Author)
Others 157 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 59


During the last half of the twentieth century, a group of historically neglected but extremely powerful voices has emerged from the African American literary tradition. The voices of African American women have gathered strength from the suppressed tongues of their foremothers to provide insight into the history, psyche, and spirit of the African American woman. Professor Johnson examines the narrative strategies, with particular emphasis on the authorial and narrative voices, of three texts written by African American women: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.


ISBN (Softcover)
history psyche spirit
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1998. 157 pp.

Biographical notes

Yvonne Johnson (Author)

The Author: Yvonne Johnson is Associate Professor of History at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. She received her Ph.D. in History of Ideas from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her published works include journal articles and entries for historical and literary reference volumes.


Title: The Voices of African American Women