M. ANITHA ANBARASI, M.A., M.PHIL, (PH.D)
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH,
SANKARA COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND COMMERCE,
DR. K. RAVINDRAN, M.A., M.ED., M.PHIL, PH.D.
(RETD) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND HEAD,
DEPT. OF ENGLISH, GOVT. ARTS COLLEGE,
The twentieth century has been an epoch making era for the African American literary tradition because of the significant contributions made by African American women writers during this century. African American women writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor and many others have rewritten the existing literary traditions by expressing themselves and creating a deep impact on the African American, literary arena. The works of these women writers reverberate with self-expression, thus achieving a canonical status and enriching not only African American but also the American literary world. These writers write not only about themselves, but also about African American women.