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Resistance of Female Stereotypes in The Bluest Eye : Destroying Images of Black Womanhood and Motherhood
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Stereotypes and myths are created by media to simplify and mystify reality. The two are used to form negative stereotypical images that are used as tools of social oppression in today’s white patriarchy. This essay will focus on how Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye depicts black womanhood and motherhood and resists the reductive images of black women through the narrative technique. In the text we find the stereotypical images of the Mammy and the Matriarch in the character Pauline "Polly" Breedlove, both simplifying and mystifying black motherhood but also condescending towards African-American family constellations. The text resists these images by making readers inhabit Polly who at first fits in to the two archetypes, only to then give us additional information and use an engaging narrative technique that invites the reader to decide if Polly really is the Mammy and the Matriarch.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
African-American criticism, resistance, stereotypes, archetypes, images, womanhood, motherhood, Mammy, Matriarch, Morrison, The Bluest Eye
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24581OAI: diva2:746603
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-13 Last updated: 2014-09-15Bibliographically approved

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