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Incestuous rape, abjection, and the colonization of psychic space in Toni Morrison’sThe Bluest Eyeand Shani Mootoo’sCereus Blooms at Night

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Auteurs : Emy Koopman
Périodique : Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Numéros : vol. 49, nº 3, ISSN 1744-9855 (Imprimé), ISSN 1744-9863 (En ligne)
Dates : Date de publication: 07/2013
Etendue : pp. 303-315
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Titre :

Incestuous rape, abjection, and the colonization of psychic space in Toni Morrison'sThe Bluest Eyeand Shani Mootoo'sCereus Blooms at Night

Résumé :

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970) and Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night (1996) both apply a strategy of connecting rape to other forms of oppression, suggesting that incest is at least partly the result of the dynamics of being colonized and “othered”. This article brings out the problematics of closely associating colonization and (incestuous) rape by exploring the associations made in these two novels. It uses Kelly Oliver's concept of “the colonization of psychic space” to argue that the novels demonstrate that without a positive space of meaning, victims of racial oppression and of sexual violence find themselves among the abjected. The close association made between colonization and incest is criticized for ignoring the specificity of the processes by which incest and rape function to make one feel abjected.

Mots-clés libres (EN) :

Shani Mootoo, Toni Morrison, Rape, Incest, Abjection, Colonization


Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 1582
Source : CrossRef
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 23/11/2018
Dernière modification : 07/12/2018
Statut WordPress : Publié