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Moreover, Michael Awkward and John N. Duvall have also argued that Morrison explicitly confronts Ralph Ellison’s inadequate representation of incest in Invisible Man (1952) via her depiction of Pecola as well. This is most obvious in her “bringing to the foreground the effects of incest for female victims in direct response to [Ralph] Ellison’s refusal to consider them seriously [in Invisible Man]” (Awkward 66). Indeed the parallels between Morrison’s Breedlove family and Ellison’s Trueblood episode in Invisible Man highlight her revisionary work.
1 Though Mason is best known for leading the “regional renaissance” in American literature in the 1980s, I suggest her work is equally important and deserving of attention for its contribution to women writers’ critical engagement with contemporary media. 44 CONFRONTING VISUALITY IN MULTI-ETHNIC WOMEN’S WRITING Author of five novels, five collections of short fiction, a memoir, two works of literary criticism, and a biography of Elvis Presley, Mason has been recognized as a leader of the “regional renaissance” in American literature in the 1980s.
I wonder if it all means that we don’t put a value on our process of womanhood” (247). However, by placing these issues at the center of the novel, Morrison insists on the right for these subjects, central to female lives, to be seen and on her own right to look at these difficult issues. When asked why she wrote The Bluest Eye, Morrison responded, “I was interested in reading a kind of book that I had never read before. I didn’t know if such a book existed, but I just never read it in 1964 when I started writing The Bluest Eye” (“Complexity” 252).
Confronting Visuality in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Writing by Angela Laflen (auth.)