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"Paying Attention to Ourselves": An Exploration of Black Girlhood in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Sapphire's Push
by Rambo, Stephanie S., M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 114; 1593351
Abstract (Summary)

This work is an exploration of black girlhood in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Sapphire's Push. I paired these two novels together because of the connectedness between the two authors' and their investigation of black girlhood and the issues black girls face. I explore how black girls, Pecola and Precious, are constrained by binary oppositions and constructions of race, gender, and childhood. Because these binaries and constructs mark black girls as inferior, they are rendered invisible by dominant ideologies. Using psychoanalytic and feminist theory, I interrogate how this invisibility is perpetuated by myths that have remained constant and how the black girls must navigate around and combat these mythologies. Finally, I investigate how both Morrison and Sapphire share a multivocality through addressing issues of race, gender, and childhood, and their dismantling of these mythologies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis-McElligatt, Joanna
Commitee: Geer, Jennifer, Ingram, Shelley
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature
Keywords: Black girlhood, Novels, Toni morrison
Publication Number: 1593351
ISBN: 978-1-321-89945-0
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