Analysis of Toni Morrison’s A Mercy From the Perspective of Gender Performativity

Chenfeng TUO, Hui LIU


Toni Morrison’s A Mercy capably combines the story of the black people in America with the gender relations, showing the author’s concerns for the gender issues in an ethnic context. Based on Judith Butler’s gender performativity theory, this paper regards the citation of the compulsory gender norms, discursive practices and performativity of the heroin Florens in Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy from the ritual, language and theatrical dimensions, so as to arouse people’s attention to the gender relations in African American literature and broaden the research scope of the work.


Toni Morrison; A Mercy; Gender performativity

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