"Make Him a Man": Black Masculinity and Communal Identity in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying

  title={"Make Him a Man": Black Masculinity and Communal Identity in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying},
  author={David E. Magill},
  journal={Studies in the Literary Imagination},
  pages={61 - 76}
As many critics have noted, Ernest J. Gaines's novels comprise an extended treatise on black male identity in the United States. Yet the novels do not produce one static viewpoint; instead, they demonstrate Gaines's struggle with the question of black masculinity over the course of his lifetime. His earlier novels, such as Catherine Carmier, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and In My Father's House, represent the difficulties black men face while constructing their masculine identity in… Expand
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