I’s Got the Blues: Malochia, Magic, and the Descent into Madness in <i>The Bluest Eye</i>

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033280
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039060 | DOI:
I’s Got the Blues: Malochia, Magic, and the Descent into Madness in The Bluest Eye

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This chapter examines African cosmologies and the nature of spiritual power and beliefs, alongside axiological ideas of beauty and value in Toni Morrison's first novel The Bluest Eye. In this novel, Morrison used the metaphor unyielding earth to refer to white supremacy. She also explored the psychic breach of having been looked upon with the evil eye and suggested that there may be a need for an alternative view of God, one that aligns itself to the image of the person in the mirror that would yield self-acceptance for all African people.

Keywords: African cosmologies; spiritual power; magic; Toni Morrison; The Bluest Eye; white supremacy; malochia; self-acceptance; value; beauty

Chapter.  9492 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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