The search For Female Subjectivity In Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye."

Kandi, Soheila Poorali Mansour; Ahranjani, Azizeh Khanchobani
December 2011
International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research;2011, Vol. 26, p461
Academic Journal
This study investigates how race greatly influences the shaping of subjectivity and identity in Toni Morrison's prominent novel " The Bluest Eye". The Imaginary and the symbolic psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan applied to disclose the construction of subjectivity and identity in main female characters, Pecola and Claudia. Morrison's narrative portrays two contrary development female subjectivity, in which as Claudia eventually negotiates herself into selfhood and Pecola is doomed to failure. The paper shows how Claudia and Pecola passes through the mirror image and how Claudia ultimately develops her subjectivity by submitting to the symbolic, while Pecola unfortunately loses her subjectivity by being trapped in the imaginary.


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