An Appeal for Sisterhood: A Comparison of Toni Morrison's 'Sula' and Montserrat Roig's 'L'hora violeta'

Maria Àngels Francés


This article pursues the theme of sameness in difference, reflecting on gendered similarities within the works of Toni Morrison’s Sula (1973) and Montserrat Roig’s L’hora violeta (1980). While refuting any essentialist notion of womanhood and stressing the historicity of their texts, Francés advocates an examination of resemblances based on the depiction of maternal legacy, community and female relationships. Francés focuses on thematic connections in the models of womanhood proposed by the texts, claiming that the narratives are characterised by female protagonists who attempt to create a space for themselves from within constrictive social traditions. Notwithstanding structural and contextual differences between the texts, Francés shows how Roig and Morrison’s narratives are pervaded by oppression founded in both gender and cultural difference.

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