Date of Award

2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

Tayana L. Hardin

Second Advisor

Donna Beth Ellard

Third Advisor

Kristy Ulibarri

Keywords

Black feminist criticism, Healing, I-You, Oneness, Regardless, Trauma

Abstract

This thesis analyzes Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple from a Black feminist perspective to demonstrate oneness as capacious being. This project explores an I-You dialogue that works toward future-making through the notion of regardless, an idea from Walker’s definition of Womanist, deployed through sustained engagement with Kevin Quashie’s notion of oneness. Thus, this work extrapolates lessons found in the selected texts to demonstrate what it means to embody a capaciousness of being and how this then fosters healing in the face of trauma. In so doing, this thesis demonstrates how the theoretical notions of regardless and oneness have implications for our lived, shared, and social experiences.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jasmine Veronica Sauceda

File size

72 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

African American studies, Women's studies, Literature

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