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A Black Female’s Psychological Agony in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

. J.Suriya Deepa Assistant professor, Research Department of English, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayam Kottai -627002, Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti- 627012, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.


Afro - American literature emanated in the United States, from the writers of African descent. It was inaugurated with the slave narratives by the Africans who were brought s slaves to America. They were recognized through the eyes of Eurocentric cultured people and graded as secondary, ‘the other’. The African descents could not reconcile with the white supremacy. The milieu did not allow the Africans to negotiate their black identity. The white beauty standards confronted the identity of Africans, making them uncomfortable with black skin. This resulted in psychological agony. The stereotypes, ‘white’ and ‘black’, become barriers to reckon with. The Afro- American psyche has to negate the black identity to establish a respectable subject position, which in turn is impossible as it is racially determined. This paper, “A Black Female’s Psychological Agony in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye”, reads the struggle of a black woman, trying to reshape her identity and the cost she pays for it.

Index Terms: identity crisis, psychological agony, racialization and white supremacy.

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