Journal of African American Men

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 15–31 | Cite as

Cornelius eady’sYou Don’t Miss Your Water: Its womanist/feminist perspective

  • Erskine Peters


This article analyzes contemporary United States author Cornelius Eady’s critique of patriarchy in his portrayal of a father-son relationship in his prosepoem You Don’t Miss Your Water. The article focuses on how Eady’s portrayal of the father-son relationship in turn implicates the father’s callous victimization of the entire family. This study seeks specifically to emphasize Eady’s insight into symbolic appropriations of self, with respect to the father and mother, and his insight into both the tragedy and the problematic consciousness produced by patriarchalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erskine Peters
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  1. 1.the University of Notre DameNotre Dame

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