The Mimicked Other in Toni Morrison’s Sula and The Bluest Eye
Keywords:Mimicry, Postcolonial, African American, Racialised World,&The Other.
Critics of postcolonial studies have argued that African American texts are notsuitable texts of postcolonial literature. They contend that because of their long history of slavery which slowly transcends to racial disparity which currently holds sway in the United State of America, literary texts from this region are not fit for postcolonial analysis. However, the American Pan Africanist, W. E. B. Dubois, theorised that the identity politics of the post-slavery era in America has been largely influential on a great but many postcolonial theorists around the world. He went on to state that the end of slavery is to be celebrated, but an equal level of gravity is needed to
attend to the permanence of the racialised world. Toni Morrison may have heeded Dubois’ advice as she wrote most of her stories, depicting the evils of slavery as well as the after effects of slavery. The themes of racial disparities, subjugation of black women by white and black men, the oppressive categorisation of African American women, are issues mostly featured in her
novels. With this knowledge as the foreground to this study, this paper examines Morrison’s Sula and The BluestEye via the postcolonial concept of mimicry. By the end of this analysis, the study discusses the characters in both texts as poor mimic entities. These characters could not have
established definite identities because they see themselves in the “Other”, hence the eventual fragmentation of their consciousness.
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