Dispossessed World of Women and their Resistance against Racist and Sexist Patriarchy in Alice Walker’s Fictional World


  • Ghansham Sardar Baviskar Asst. Professor, Department of English RNC Arts, JDB Commerce & NSC Science College, Nasik Maharashtra India


oppression, injustices, authoritarianism, resistance, solidarity, liberation and humanity


Alice Walker’s novels from The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) to Now is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004) are the historical documents. These novels delve into historical oppressions of the African Americans in the United States of America and document the intricacies of race and gender in relation to class distinctions responsible for the racial intolerance in the South and North America.  Walker focuses on racism, sexism and classism in all her novels and her treatment of these issues in her fiction is organic and integral. She regards sexism, racial capitalism and patriarchy, the prime cause of women’s oppression. As an intellectual, Walker addresses the issues of domestic violence, racial disparity and pitiable conditions in poverty, gender bias, interracial relationships and the children, imposed pregnancies and abortions, rapes and lynching, genital mutilation and cultural terrorism, violence and non-violence in the Civil Right era and the ecological problems invited by the capitalist imperialism and the question of survival and the need to free mind and body from detrimental wheels of oppressions in society. This paper presents the dispossessed world of the African American women and their resistance against the extremist forces and religious fanaticism relegating their existence to lesser human beings.


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