Feminism in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy


  • Basma Majid Ph.D, Research Scholar, Department of English, University of Kashmir, India


Black Consciousness, Feminism, Discrimination, Mutilation.


This paper focuses on Alice Walker’s novel, Possessing the Secret of Joy. Walker remains a representative figure of African-American women. Her writings are considered as the representative voice of the people in America, and everywhere, where they are discriminated for being born women, Black, poor, or African. Walker’s writings focus on the struggle of African Americans, particularly women, and this exposes the views hidden in the societies that are racist, sexist and violent. These writings deal with the human experiences in general but especially from the perspective of the suffering and the downtrodden, the hurt and the oppressed. Many of her characters are victims of racial, sexual and economic oppression and exist under degrading circumstances.  These characters, nevertheless, particularly the women, do not lie down and suffer passively in the face of such traumas, rather they manage to transcend their desperate and painful circumstances in order to affirm life. Walker’s most remarkable novel, Possessing the Secret of Joy, is about female mutilation. The main character Tashi’s voice alternates with that of her best friend and her husband to provide a constant flow of insights into the brutal misogyny suffered by many black women. The novel is a poetic and powerful condemnation of the practice of female circumcision and advises females to stand up for their rights and reject the circumcision which hurts women physically and psychologically.


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Majid, B. (2020). Feminism in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(5), 10–22. Retrieved from https://www.ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10577