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Making the Invisible Visible: Black Lesbianism in The Color Purple


Abstract: The paper aims to disclose the factors behind Celie’s preference of transition from an involuntary heterosexual relationship to a homosexual one. I pursue this path due to multiple factors that occur in the novel and which nevertheless lead to Celie’s final homosexual identity. Homosexuality is far too often regarded as a mental illness and people have far too many times misjudged people with other sexual orientation than what the society perceives as “normal”. The findings of my research intend to show that homosexuality implies a variety of psychological, emotional and physical issues and that it is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. Since racism has always been associated with Black men and sexism with White females, the paper brings the invisible Black lesbians to light.

Keywords: Alice Walker, The Color Purple, Celie, lesbianism.

Citation suggestion: Basarabă, Ana Maria. “Making the Invisible Visible: Black Lesbianism in The Color Purple”. Transilvania, no. 3 (2021): 58-63.


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