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.
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