The Construction of African American Women’s Subjectivity in Toni Morrison’s Home
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- Toni Morrison; Home; Subjectivity
Toni Morrison’s novels mostly focus on the experience of African Americans, especially the African American women’s miserable experience in the white-dominated society. Loss of self-identity has always been Morrison’s concern in her writing. Home, which was published in 2012, tells a story about how the protagonists Frank and Cee reestablish their subjectivities by recovering from severe physical and psychological trauma in the society. In the novel, Morrison depicts Cee’s traumatic experience under racial oppression and discrimination. And Cee’s absence of familial love and education also cause her psychological trauma. This article analyzes Cee’s traumatic experience and loss of subjectivity, and examines her recovery from trauma by setting up stable relationships with others and the black community as well as by retelling the horror memories. It shows the importance of sisterhood for Cee to gather support and realize self-value. At the same time, by recalling and retelling the traumatic events, Cee can face the past bravely and finally construct her subjectivity as a real human being.
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TY - CONF AU - Zhang Bei PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/29 TI - The Construction of African American Women’s Subjectivity in Toni Morrison’s Home BT - Proceedings of the 2021 3rd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 57 EP - 62 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211120.010 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211120.010 ID - Bei2021 ER -