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Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture$
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Helena Michie

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195073874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.001.0001

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“And now she was different”: Sexuality and differentiation among Black Women in Quicksand, Passing, and Sula

“And now she was different”: Sexuality and differentiation among Black Women in Quicksand, Passing, and Sula

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(p.137) Chapter 4 “And now she was different”: Sexuality and differentiation among Black Women in Quicksand, Passing, and Sula
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Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture
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Helena Michie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.003.0005

History and literature have been known to ascribe a blanket of sameness in the study of black communities and their issues. The chapter approaches the concept of dissimilarity within communities of colored folk, specifically among its women, which focus on differences pertaining to social status, color, race, and gender. The chapter presents the reader with three novels of Afro-American female authors and their exploration of colored female “otherness” in their works. The novels of Nella Larsen, Quicksand and Passing, are tackled first, with her treatment and reinvention of the mulatto with influences from 19th-century literature from both black and white authors. Toni Morrison's Sula also examines the concept of difference, but without the mulatto figure highlighted in the previous books discussed. The three literary works reveal that differences in these Afro-American sub-societies are rooted deeply in sexuality and community building.

Keywords:   black community, Afro-American, women, author, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Passing, Toni Morrison, Sula, community

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