Body as Danger: Gender, race and body in Toni Morrison's Sula

Pi-hua Ni
2015 Ilha do Desterro  
h is paper aims at tackling the question as to why Sula as a social nonconformist and sexual dissident ends up as an avatar of evil, a powerless victim of witch-hunt and eventually a scapegoat for the decline and misfortunes of her community. To facilitate this critical task, this paper shall i rst apply Michel Foucault's genealogy of "the body as the bearer of pleasure and desire" as laid out in Abnormal to illustrate that Christian folks in Sula's community interpret Sula's nonconformity as
more » ... nonconformity as evil and treat her as a danger to their social order. h us, this paper argues that the black folks' ostracism of Sula betokens their mass hysteria and witch-hunt to exorcise their community of danger and evil. Moreover, this paper suggests that Sula is gendered and racialized as a black witch and symbolically executed. In conclusion, this paper contends that an identii cation of body with l esh, a phallocentric gender ideology and race bias converge into the black folk's association of Sula with a witch and a danger and their subsequent victimization of Sula as a scapegoat for all the misfortunes of their community. You can't do it all. You a woman and a colored woman at that. You can't act like a man. You can't be walking around all independent-like, doing whatever you like, taking what you want, leaving what you don't. Nel to the dying Sula in Sula, 142 Esta obra tem licença Creative Commons
doi:10.5007/2175-8026.2015v68n2p115 fatcat:4alhq2ngwrclxg66xjs45jjyfe