A Short Biography Of Maya Angelou

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Abstract: This paper deals with one of the autobiographical series of Maya Angelou as how she grew up black and female.Dominant in Angelou’s autobiography is the exploration of the self – the self in relationship to the others. One of the central concerns in this study is the exploration of a particular kind of self and identity that emerges from her writings. A study of Maya Angelou’s autobiography is significant not only because it offers insights into personal and group experience in America, but also because it is better than its formidable autobiographical predecessors. Angelou, throughout her autobiographical writing, adopts a special stance in relation to the self, the community and the world.
Key words: struggle, exploration of the self, search for identity, dispalcement, courage and persevarance.

Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own”. (Linda Brent. 1861:41).
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Such a statement, because of the simple, forthright and honest manner in which it is presented, is depicted against the larger struggle of Afro-American and African people for their liberation and triumphs. It is a celebration of their struggle, survival and existence. According to her long-time editor, Robert Loomis, “Maya is her books” (1988:187). Angelou calls herself an autobiographer, but insists that what she really is writing about is being

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