English and Literature

Saraswati, Somanand. "The Singing Cure-healing Process in Maya Angelou’s" Caged Bird"." IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities) 7.2 (2019): 10-10.

This source is connected with the famous book of Do Boi ‘The Souls of Black Folk called Slavery as “a national trauma, and an intensively personal trauma" (Boi 1967). The pain and suffering of slavery were such that it became part of the unconscious mind. For Maya Angelou, growing up as a black and woman, in such times, in the rural south; there was no escape from racial prejudice.

However, the first volume of her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" does not just shows her past but also reveals a collective past of blacks in American Society.  She also uses a powerful channel of life narrative and through this reconstructs the history in a way which gives a healing process. It could be sensed through the title, where although the bird is still caged like it was caged in Dunbar's Symphony, Anglo's bird sings, has a voice and self-realization. This paper would again try to explore the healing elements in her first autobiography and how it reconstructs history.

Arunkumar, V., and P. Kumaresan. "Burden of being Black in a Racist Land: A Study of Maya Angelou’s." IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities) 7.1 (2019): 14-14.

In this article, Maya Angelou’s works delineate a racist society where the blacks are dehumanized and being mistreated only because of their blackness. They somewhere in the fragile corners of their egos often fell belittled and ill-treated, and a nagging sense of self-rejection always haunts them. The Negros had survived centuries of inhuman treatment and retained their humanity but at the same time prepared for the worst.

Angelou also considers not only that racism is against the blacks, but also the vulgarities against any human being racial freedom were equated with the redemption of black manhood. But racism is more harmful to black women, as is revealed in Angelou's writings. Her autobiographies are sublime creations, which bring about a particular arrangement of pains and pleasure, failure and success. Her autobiographical narratives describe the evolution of personal consciousness where Angelou raises high to become the voice of universal knowledge.

Shah, Mrs. Palak. "Hope and Courage in Maya Angelou's Poems ‘Still I Rise'and ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings'." IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities) 6.12 (2018): 10-10.

This article tries to reflect ideas through her poems Still I rise and I know

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