In her book Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century, Nazera Sadiq Wright discusses how writers of the period often chose to “convey racial inequality, poverty, and discrimination through the prism of black girlhood” and used the trope of black girlhood as a tool for social and political agendas. “The black girls (nineteenth century writers) wrote about appeared to carry stories of warning and hope, concern and optimism, struggles and success,” notes Wright. Several of Moniz’s stories are also told through the prism of black girlhood, especially “Milk Blood Heat,” “Tongues,” “The Hearts of our Enemies,” and “Outside the Raft.” What vision of modern black girlhood do you think Moniz is crafting here? How is it different from or similar to the one that Wright details?
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