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An Appeal for Sisterhood: A Comparison of Toni Morrison's 'Sula' and Montserrat Roig's 'L'hora violeta'

Francés, Maria Àngels 2004. An Appeal for Sisterhood: A Comparison of Toni Morrison's 'Sula' and Montserrat Roig's 'L'hora violeta'. New Readings 7 , pp. 1-23. 10.18573/newreadings.49

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Abstract

This article pursues the theme of sameness in difference, reflecting on gendered similarities within the works of Toni Morrison’s Sula (1973) and Montserrat Roig’s L’hora violeta (1980). While refuting any essentialist notion of womanhood and stressing the historicity of their texts, Francés advocates an examination of resemblances based on the depiction of maternal legacy, community and female relationships. Francés focuses on thematic connections in the models of womanhood proposed by the texts, claiming that the narratives are characterised by female protagonists who attempt to create a space for themselves from within constrictive social traditions. Notwithstanding structural and contextual differences between the texts, Francés shows how Roig and Morrison’s narratives are pervaded by oppression founded in both gender and cultural difference.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 11:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/128806

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