Date of Award
Earle Bryant (Co-Major Professor)
Kris Lackey (Co-Major Professor)
According to Ernest Gaines‘ personal experiences as a Southerner, without addressing the history of slavery, the quest for human dignity becomes meaningless. The discourses and the ideologies of the characters in AGathering of Old Men represent a call for social change. A Gathering of Old Men is however, more than just a novel about whites dominating blacks; it is a novel about the fight for humanity in spite of the threat of a new social order. The social repercussions of slavery and the denial of black manhood are central issues in A Gathering of Old Men, but Gaines also exhibits ways in which the demand for a social change in our society can bring about racial harmony.
Session, La Toya, "Racism Recognized and the Reformation of the South in Ernest Gaines‘" (2011). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1417.