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Chapter 1 Introduction The Black Female Body: Seeing, Believing, and Perpetuating Popular and Literary Images Chapter 2 A Raisin in the Sun The Strong Black Woman as Acceptable Tyrant Chapter 3 Strength and the Battle Ground of Slavery I. Even Parody: Ishmael Reed and Maamy Barracuda Chapter 4 Strength and the Battle Ground of Slavery II. Survival Beyond Survival: The Price of Strength in Beloved Chapter 5 Commanding the Universe I. More Than Witch: Barbaras Minnie Ransom I. Tough Enough to Kill, Tough Enough to Transcend Death: J i Califni Coopers Clora C hapter 6 Strength as Disease Bordering on Evil Dorothy West's Cleo Judson Chapter 7 The Stubbornness of Tradition . Do What Big Mama Sez: Ernest J. Gainess A Lesson Befoe Dying II. New Territory, No Change: Pearl Clcage's Fyin Wst Chapter 8: Balance? Octavia E. Butle's Parable of the Sower Chapter 9: Conclusion Can this Mold be Broken? Notes Wirks Cited or Consulted Index .I :I 1 | ' . '. ; * * ^ *ii *