Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




David Kress

Second Committee Member

Gregory Howard

Third Committee Member

Ryan Dippre

Additional Committee Members

Margo Lukens


This thesis is a collection of eight original stories that explore the intersection of the Black female body and magical realism. This work uses fiction as a means to explore such issues as Blackness, Womanness, Witch-ness, birth, death, mothers, sisters, southern space and the vagina as both a force of destruction and construction. From a research perspective, the thesis is in conversation with the African American Oral Tradition of storytelling using elements of southern folklore and myth as a motif. This includes legends of the “boo-hag” from the Gullah region, haints, and the “loup garou” from New Orleans. Other themes present are themes of sexuality, sexual awakening, wounding, healing, goddesses as a reflection of woman, silence, silencing, water, flight as escape and identity. The central question this thesis seeks to ask is: Why aren’t Black woman represented in magical realism spaces? This work is an attempt at providing a space for the Black feminine to exist in a fictional space outside of the master-slave cultural narrative. This thesis also seeks to ask and answer questions about Black masculinity and how Black Masculinity is seen in relation to the Black female body.