Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives on Racism: Ourika and Moi, Tituba, sorcière…Noire de Salem Public Deposited

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  • Steele, Julia Anne
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • This work explores the perspectives on racism presented in Claire de Duras' Ourika and Maryse Condé's Moi, Tituba, sorcière…Noire de Salem while looking at the historical context in which each novel was written. The ideas of oppression, Otherness, family, patriarchy and religion, as well as how they affect the black female protagonist in each novel are explored. While Tituba has more autonomy, both she and Ourika convey their thoughts to the reader in an intimate and personal manner. As a result of oppression, Ourika internalizes the power structure of the dominant culture to such an extent that she tries to become white, while Tituba internalizes the power structure but not to the same extent as Ourika. Ourika demonstrates the helplessness and entrapment felt by those under a colonial regime, whereas Tituba resists her oppressors and gives hope to future generations that one can triumph over racism.
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