COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RACE AND GENDER IN SELECTED NOVELS OF TONI MORRISON AND ALICE WALKER

COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RACE AND GENDER IN SELECTED NOVELS OF TONI MORRISON AND ALICE WALKER

ABSTRACT

W.E.B. Du Bois describes the distinctly double nature of African-American experience.  Defining the “peculiar sensation” of “double consciousness” Du Bois gwrites in The Souls of Black Folks that “one ever feels his twoness – an American, a Negro, two souls two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings, two warring ideals in a dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder” (54).  Although Du Bois’ landmark text was published at the turn of the twentieth century, it continues to capture the ‘doubleness’ of African-American culture, tradition, folklore, and literature……………………