Imagining a Mestiza-Self Through the Double-Consciousness Trope

Imaginando un yo mestizo a través del tropo de la doble conciencia

Authors

  • Regina Sanders

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46814/lajdv3n4-058

Keywords:

mestiza, double-consciousness, inclusion, African-American, female identity, Brazilian miscegenation

Abstract

This paper is a comparative study between two African-American novels: Caucasia by Danzy Senna (1998) and Quicksand by Lenna Larsen(1928). It specifically discusses how their respective mixed-race protagonist re-appropriates the double-consciousness trope –a term originally coined by African-American scholar W. E. Du Bois to describe the existence of blacks in the United States. More specifically, I argue that Danzy Senna’s novel Caucasia transcends traditional notions of mixed-race identity found in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand. First, I establish that Helga, the mulatta protagonist of Quicksand is constructed to play the version of the double-consciousness which assumes that mixed people (black and white) in United States live with internalized racism. Next, I demonstrate that Caucasia challenges Quicksand by providing us with a mulatta protagonist who re-appropriates the notions of double-consciousness by making it instrumental to her own survival and birth-right to be mixed.

Published

2021-08-17

How to Cite

SANDERS , R. . Imagining a Mestiza-Self Through the Double-Consciousness Trope: Imaginando un yo mestizo a través del tropo de la doble conciencia. Latin American Journal of Development, [S. l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 2510–2518, 2021. DOI: 10.46814/lajdv3n4-058. Disponível em: https://latinamericanpublicacoes.com.br/ojs/index.php/jdev/article/view/698. Acesso em: 17 aug. 2022.
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