An Appeal for Sisterhood: A Comparison of Toni Morrison's 'Sula' and Montserrat Roig's 'L'hora violeta'

Maria Àngels Francés
2004 New Readings  
This essay is based on a comparative approach to two novels selected from Toni Morrison and Montserrat Roig's literary careers, Sula (1973) and L'hora violeta (1980) [The Violet Hour], respectively. I consider this parallel analysis to be both important and suggestive due to much evidence of common interests and themes in their work, despite the racial, cultural and historical differences between the societies where Roig (a Catalan writer born under the Francoist regime, after the Spanish Civil
more » ... r the Spanish Civil War) and Morrison (an Afro-American writer and winner of the 1993 Nobel prize for literature) wrote their texts. It is not my aim to obviate these contextual disparities, the study of which would exceed the length of this essay, but to centre my work on both writers' similar treatment of certain issues concerning the relationship between women. Morrison and Roig's fictional narratives constitute a continuum of outstanding structural and thematic coherence, based on their perception of female psychological patterns strongly related to their cultural identity. They focus insistently on the quest for self-acceptance and fulfilment, often looking back to the origins and the maternal legacy as a source for self-creation and identification. An examination of the friendships between women, their mechanisms of alliance in the quotidian struggle of growing up black and female, through Morrison's gaze, or Catalan and female, from Roig's perspective, is particularly rewarding.
doi:10.18573/newreadings.49 fatcat:cvcy7yrpybbjzoqzurjidn7pri