Date of Submission

Spring 2017

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Donna Ford Grover

Abstract/Artist's Statement

My project is a personal and critical reading of an acclaimed Essence Bestselling street fiction novel called White Lines by Tracy Brown. I attempt to isolate moments of women solidarity through Brown’s female characters. These women are sisters, daughters, mothers and even friends. I propose that through some of Tracy Brown’s female characters, and their relations with one another, they, by the novel’s ending, have come to develop their own standpoint on solidarity and womanhood. This novel is not a canonical one. It is not studied nor treated as intellectual property in the minds of many scholars who have graduated with Ph.D’s in African American literature. However, it is significant in adding to the discourse on Black feminine thought. This novel is special to me because growing up it sparked, within me, a profound interest in reading and writing. Most of this interest came from my ability to see myself within this novel. I was able to empathize with the main character, Jada Ford. When she learned a lesson, so did I.

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