Fashioning high-heeled identity: Material culture and identity formation in Maya Angelou’s autobiographies

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2017-01-01
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Del Hierro, Sonia
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Maya Angelou’s autobiographies, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "Gather Together in My Name," require an interdisciplinary lens to understand her self-formation and cultural identity. This thesis analyzes the previously overlooked material objects that are tokens of the class structure Angelou wishes to escape. My aim is to increase discussion concerning the significance of clothing, shoes, and cosmetics as they relate to Angelou’s identity.

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Bildungsroman, Dress, Fashion, Maya Angelou
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