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Humanities 2016, 5(4), 80; doi:10.3390/h5040080

Post What? Disarticulating Post-Discourses in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child

Department of Language and Literature, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd South, Fort Myers, FL 33965, USA
Academic Editor: Myra Mendible
Received: 15 June 2016 / Revised: 14 September 2016 / Accepted: 19 September 2016 / Published: 27 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race, Politics, and the Humanities in an Age of 'Posts')
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In the midst of the proliferation of post-discourses, this essay investigates how Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child (2015) offers a timely exploration of the hurting Black female body that calls into question, if not outright refutes, whether Americans have entered a post-racial, post-Black, and post-feminist era. This essay opens with a critical context section that situates God Help the Child within and against post-discourses, before examining how resemblances with Morrison’s prior works like Beloved (1987) and The Bluest Eye (1970) confirm that the legacy of slavery still dictates the way Black female bodies are seen and treated in twenty-first-century America. Ultimately, what this study intends is to speak the unspeakable: race still matters despite the silencing effects of post-discourses. View Full-Text
Keywords: Toni Morrison; God Help the Child; Black female body; pain; violence; commodification; post-racial; post-Black; post-feminist; double-consciousness Toni Morrison; God Help the Child; Black female body; pain; violence; commodification; post-racial; post-Black; post-feminist; double-consciousness
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Gras, D. Post What? Disarticulating Post-Discourses in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child. Humanities 2016, 5, 80.

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