In this thesis, I examine the intersections of race, class, and gender; specifically, the three components that affect the lives and livelihood of black women. The intersections, though they affect each other, must be considered alongside the means of oppression. The oppressive states of patriarchy and racial hierarchy contributed to each factor of intersection. More specifically, it contributed to the caricaturization of Black women; these false personas contributed to the skewed perceptions of black women. By means of public and private resistance, also known as hidden transcripts, I examine the ways that black women gain their agency. Though there are many forms and variables that contribute to many different types of oppression, this paper examines matters that pertain to the Black community, and more specifically, Black women. This paper discusses issues such as patriarchy, very narrow scopes of femininity, the male gaze, obscure caricatures of black women, and finally ways to rebel from these oppressive systems.


Devised theatre, African American history, Black women

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Professor Reinhard

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