Exploring Gender Identity, Sisterhood, and Black Feminism in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"


  • Liyona.A Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli – 620 020.
  • Nisha.K Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli – 620 020.


Feminism, race, sexuality, oppression, resilience, identity, empowerment, abuse, freedom, religion.


Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" and its significance in contemporary literature Alice Walker is an American writer famous for her insightful portrayal of African American life and culture. Her most notable novel is “The Color Purple “(1982), particularly focused on black feminism. Walker masterfully illustrates the ways in which gender oppression and racial discrimination occur. This book touches on several themes: faith, race, sexuality, and the different kinds of brutality that was faced by black women in the South. The thesis explores the ways in which "The Color Purple" articulates a vision of liberation and self-affirmation for black feminism. By examining gender identity, sisterhood, and black feminism in "The Color Purple," this thesis aims to contribute to the scholarly discourse on Alice Walker's work and its enduring relevance in contemporary discussions on gender, race, and social justice.


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