Please join Sophie and GCC members in February to discuss The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Published in 1970, this is the first novel written by Morrison. The novel takes place in Lorain, Ohio, and tells the story of a young African-American girl named Pecola who grew up following the Great Depression. At its core, The Bluest Eye is a story about the oppression of women. The novel’s women not only suffer the horrors of racial oppression, but also the tyranny and violation brought upon them by the men in their lives. The novel depicts several phases of a woman’s development into womanhood.
Trigger warnings: This book is powerful and important, but it is not easy to read. The novel’s protagonist is a poor, eleven year old Black girl named Pecola Breedlove, who dearly wishes she had blue eyes – an unattainable standard of white beauty. In the course of the novel, Pecola is raped by her father and subsequently becomes pregnant. A painful storyline continues in which Pecola, a child, distorts the world to make sense of what has happened and to survive in a world with so much tragedy.
Morrison foregrounds the demonization of Blackness in American culture that manifests through violent acts of internalized racism within a family and community. This novel holds an important place in the history of literature and in American history. We will do our best to hold a discussion that is loving and respectful, but it is also sure to be uncomfortable. Together, we will meet the challenging text and help one another find the lessons within.
Friday, February 17 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.