Feminist Reading on Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place

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Black women have been at the bottom of every social hierarchy created by men, based on the interaction of race, gender and class hierarchies. Triple oppression of race, gender and class has made them inferior in the society. They are taught to internalize the age old concept of femininity and hence become the victims of internalized oppression and psychological conditioning. African American black women’s fiction of the 20th century documents the process of black female character’s personal growth toward positive self-definitions. These black new women are fully conscious of their physical and psychological oppression and more capable of creating new option for themselves. They are engaged in search for meaning in their roots and tradition. Gloria Naylor’s The women of Brewster Place (1982) depicts the story of seven women’s journey towards identity and voice. More over they find comfort in each other’s company in establishing an identity of their own.


Oppression, Black women, Identity, Dreams, Confident, Self-Contained

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