Date of Award
Dr. Elizabeth Steeby
Dr. Anne Boyd-Rioux
Dr. Earle Bryant
Toni Morrison and Kathy Acker write their novels within the subversive feminist literary movement described by Helene Cixous in “Laugh of the Medusa”. Through Morrison’s Paradise and Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School they create a platform for women silenced by their bodily trauma to express and eventually liberate themselves from their traumatic pasts. These female writers are calling attention to the pandemic of misogyny-related violence and allowing assault survivors to speak through their pain.
Froom, Chloe, "Grabbing Their Own Pussies: Reclaiming Trauma and the Female Voice in Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School" (2017). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2322.