International Journal of Arts and Humanities

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Racialism, Violence and Cruelty in Alice Walker’s Works

1Kumar E, 2Dr. R Mummatchi and Michael Adjabui




Accepted 17th December, 2014


Alice Walker, the feminist deals with the oppression of black women and men. Her quest is a new identify for black women, a self–awareness which will make them self dependent socially, emotionally and spiritually. Racial oppression, general violence, history and ancestry, Civil Rights Movement – all these form the sum and substance of her work. It was Alice walker who coined the term ‘Womanism’ a form of black feminism that affricates and prefers women’s culture, women’s flexibility and women’s strength.  ‘Womanism’ according to Alice Walker is not narrowly exclusive; it is committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. In all aspects Alice walker is the brightest star in a galaxy of black American women writers.


Keywords: Alice Walker, feminism, oppression, black women and men