Shifting Identities:The Conscious and Unconscious in Black Self-Concept

by Valsala Menon


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Summary of the Book

In the wake of the recent struggles of all marginalized communities against the dominant powers , a study of the Black- American Novelists Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison who formed the vital links that break away all negative stereotypes and establish the Black Self Concept as the triumph of exploited people everywhere is very relevant. The discussions in this book are based on Jungian psychology that a man’s unconscious urges him to a realization of his full potential as an individual and social being. Besides the psycho-social, political and economic factors the Black Self Concept is deeply rooted in the combined oral and literary traditions of the Afro-Americans. The term ‘Black’ is written in capital letter to suggest the race and not the black colour. It is hoped that scholars of Afro-American Literature and psychology will find this book useful.

About the Author

Dr.Valsala Menon did her B.A with a First Rank in Calicut University. She again topped in her M.A English Literature Exams in Calicut University and won Gold Medal for it. She obtained her Ph.D from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2001. Her research papers have been published in several reputed journals. Her areas of interest are Black American Literature, Women Studies, Indian Writing in English and Children’s Literature. She has edited two books on English for School Children. At present she is working in M.P.M.M.S.N Trusts College, Shoranur, as Associate Professor and Head of The Department.

Dr. Menon has received approbation for public speaking and has addressed meetings on issues like Literature, Women empowerment, Environmental protection and Personality Development in and out of India. She has visited Kuwait, Iraq, Muscat, Dubai and Malasia. Recently she is into Creative Writing. Her first book, a collection of nine short stories entitled Never Be Alone, is to be released soon. Now she is engaged in writing a novel yet to be titled

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