Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

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MICHAEL AWKWARD


"The Evil of Fulfillment":
Scapegoating and Narration in The Bluest Eye

I had found my tongue.

Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye

... all the voice in answer he could wake
Was but the mocking echo of his own.

* * * *

He would cry out on life, that what it wants
Is not its own love back in copy speech,
But counter-love, original response.
And nothing ever came of what
he cried ...

Robert Frost
"The Most of It"

... just as the male artist's struggle against his precursor takes the form of what [Harold] Bloom calls revisionary swerves, flights, misreadings, so the female writer's battle for self-creation involves her in a revisionary process. Her battle, however, is not against her (male) precursor's reading of the world but against the reading of ber.

Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar,
The Madwoman in the Attic

In the previous chapter I attempted to chart Zora Neale Hurston's successful denigration of the novel. Their Eyes Were Watching God provides particularly compelling evidence in support of Hurston's claim that "everything that [the

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From Inspiriting Influence: Tradition, Revision, and Afro-American Women's Novels. © 1989 by Michael Awkward.

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