Laughter of the wretched : Morrison's beloved

Author

Guidoum, Asia

Source

Revue el-Bahith en Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Issue

Vol. 12, Issue 2 (31 Dec. 2021), pp.545-573, 29 p.

Publisher

Université Echahid Hamma Lakhdar Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Humaines

Publication Date

2021-12-31

Country of Publication

Algeria

No. of Pages

29

Main Subjects

Literature

Topics

Abstract EN

Toni Morrison is the most popular African American female writer who attempts to describe, criticize and reflect the circumstances of black females' suffering from oppression.

Because of their skin color that signified submission and inferiority, African American women had to struggle double if not triple oppression because of being black, because of being female and also because of being poor, weak, lonely and hopeless.

Suffering for the black female has frequently been a lifestyle and tears their only way to respond.

However, when the black woman laughs, it has mostly nothing to do with what is funny at all, it is but a way to keep from crying.

African Americans' laughing aims at breaking whites' stereotypical hegemonic and oppressive consciousness and their pride of the illusive superiority.

It is a cry of pain that Morrison calls the cry of laugh that characters reflect in her famous novel 'Beloved' which unveils the suffering of colored people.

In their laughing, blacks attempt to decolonize whites' consciousness and replace it with the blacks' consciousness of freedom, resistance and self-esteem.

The paper examines how laughter is used by African Americans as one of the defense mechanisms to deconstruct white racist thinking and oppressive ideology.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Guidoum, Asia. 2021. Laughter of the wretched : Morrison's beloved. Revue el-Bahith en Sciences Humaines et Sociales،Vol. 12, no. 2, pp.545-573.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1233324

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Guidoum, Asia. Laughter of the wretched : Morrison's beloved. Revue el-Bahith en Sciences Humaines et Sociales Vol. 12, no. 2 (2021), pp.545-573.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1233324

American Medical Association (AMA)

Guidoum, Asia. Laughter of the wretched : Morrison's beloved. Revue el-Bahith en Sciences Humaines et Sociales. 2021. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp.545-573.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1233324

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 572-573

Record ID

BIM-1233324