Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Ethel Young-Scurlock

Relational Format



The purpose of this study is to explore how African American women in literature have been impacted by colorism. Through this study which included a fictional novel from the twentieth century and a non-fictional novel from the twenty-first century we are able to see how women of color have been impacted by colorism. This thesis explores evidence of the impact of colorism and its impact on the image of African American women and young girls. This thesis suggests that there is evidence of colorism found in literature and thus colorism is a real issue in the African American community that has an impact on the self-image of young girls and women.



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