Aesthetic Musicality of Monologue in Maya Angelou’s The Reunion

Shaymaa Hadi Radhi & Dr. Muslim Abbas Eidan, 

General Directorate of Education in Najaf & Mazaya University College, Iraq

Music works as a deep river in life and writing of Maya Angelou as a treasured African-American artist. Angelou presents the passions of her black people in terms of rhythms of words and music of ideas. The bulky experiences of her life help her translate any situation she passes by into a kind of emotional musicality. Angelou sings her life in a theatrical way in different melodic tones. The aesthetic voice of the Black woman as a performer is present in Angelou’s long or short narrative discourse. In her short story “The Reunion”, we find that she employs the mechanism of aesthetic monologue as a musical tool in order to participate in the main stream of black aesthetics in modern American literature. In her inspiring narrativity, she constructs an aesthetic harmony between her personal history and that of her oppressed people. She’s aesthetically elevating the status of the Black woman in life and literature. Our paper will argue the significance of the Black woman’s voice as an aesthetic monologue.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Fifth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 2-3 February 2021, Iran-Ahwaz.