Protesting Sexism: Gender Oppression in Song of Solomon


  • Nirupama Dey M.Phil Research Scholar Assam University, Dipu Campus, Assam, India


This paper on Song of Solomon attempts to do a feminist study. It moves away from the
predominant critical trend of considering the novel as an exposition on Milkman, the male
protagonist; instead it presents how identity is often times connoted differently by black men and
women, and how men and women have differential access to cultural narratives of identity. The
protagonist Milkman, who initially chases the American Dream of material prosperity, later
enjoys the privilege of searching for and understanding the history of his community because he
is a man-a process of self-knowledge which his society denies to the female members of his
family. However, the novel posits other ways of knowing available to the women of his family,
especially his aunt Pilate who is always connected to her family history through her songs and
her dreams. The contesting fates of men and women in the novel become a tool to show the
subordination of women and the need for bonding among black women in a sexist society.


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Dey, N. (2018). Protesting Sexism: Gender Oppression in Song of Solomon. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 6(4), 16. Retrieved from




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