This thesis deals with examples of black women?s oppression by black men in black women's writing. As a basis, selected novels by Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison are looked at in detail. A brief introduction of the authors' lives and the historical context in which they wrote and published their fiction is given in the beginning of this thesis. Subsequently, the question as to what extent the slave narrative can be regarded as artistic context in The Color Purple by Walker, The Bluest Eye by Morrison, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston is addressed. In order to answer this question, this thesis examines whether formal as well as textual characteristics of the slave narrative genre are present in the selected works. In addition to the slave narrative, the African American Bildungsroman that evolved from the slave narrative genre is also considered in the analysis. The female characters in these novels are quasi treated as slaves and live in conditions resembling slavery. What slave narratives and the respective novels have in common are their concepts behind the oppression. The concepts of sexism and racism loom large in these novels and are the engine for the oppression of black women by black men. Thus, the second part deals with the various types of oppression and the resistance strategies the female characters develop over the course of their lives. Thereby, oppression exerted on the females by their family members, such as father and husband, is distinguished from the oppression by people in the community those women live in.