Love and Violence in Mother-Daughter Relationships: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Sula
|Keywords:||愛;暴力;母女關係;奴隸制度;黑人;love;violence;mother-daughter relationships;blacks||Issue Date:||2005||Abstract:||
This paper focuses on Morrison's two novels, Beloved and Sula, exploring how the interlocking system of racism, sexism and class exploitation dominate the circumstances of black families and determine the working of intimate mother-daughter relationships.
The whole paper is divided into four sections. Chapter One talks about the interactions between white and black feminists on the issue of mother-daughter relationships and emphasizes black feminists' contributions to the studies of womanhood. Lots of black theories on mother-daughter relationships would be discussed in this part.
Chapter Two focuses on Beloved. Beloved delineates the problematic subjectivity of black women caused by slavery and historicizes slavery as the origin of the love-violence complex in African-American mother-daughter relationships. In this novel, Morrison portrays a house/ a race haunted by the ghost of past and the infanticidal mother’s guilt and love. Through the trope of rememory, Morrison seeks to write a compelling elegy, especially on the pain and loss in the black matrilineal genealogy.
Chapter Three studies Sula, foregrounding the tension between the traditional, stable versus the rebellious, marginal notions of black womanhood and personhood within black community. In Sula, Morrison describes how the black community’s concepts of black womanhood are intertwined with a reaction against the racialized gender politics of slavery, and she uses two opposite female characters/ matrilineal families to illustrate the diversity of black mother-daughter relationships under the influence of slavery, racism and sexism.
At the end of the thesis is the Conclusion Part, where I would make a brief comparison between the two novels, summarizing how the issues of race, gender, and representation are closely related to the discussion of mother-daughter relationships in Beloved and Sula.
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