Clara Jimenez Humanities and Social Science
Transforming Melancholia: Depression and Female Coping in Beloved, The Color Purple, and Corregidora
My research project focuses on three major works of twentieth-century African-American literature: Toni Morrisons Beloved and Alice Walkers The Color Purple. I seek to explore how the female protagonists at the center of these narratives embody chronic depression. My research intends to validate the trauma these women undergo, as well as delineate the coping mechanisms they create in response to the physical, sexual, and psychological subjugation they face. These characters are not only linked by the oppressive structures they struggle against, but also by their roles as daughters who experience and respond to the effects of intergenerational trauma. For this project, I will conduct original content analysis and engage with criticism specific to each of these three novels. In order to understand how these texts function within their respective sociopolitical environments, I will engage with key works of Critical Race Theory and Postcolonialism, in addition to considering intersectional scholarship such as Black feminist and queer of color critique.