Blurring Gender lines in Toni Morrison’s Beloved


  • Ms. Rachitha Poornima Cabral Assistant Professor Department Of English School Of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya Autonomous College Valencia, Mangalore Karnataka, India


Blurring of gender lines is a term originating in literary studies and mainly referred to as a concept employed in the genre neo- slave narrative and in African American Fiction. Beloved presents slavery through the eyes of Afro-Americans and also attends to the delicate topic infanticide. “Anatomy is Destiny”, a definition given by Sigmund Freud that points to the assumption that gender is reliant on sex. A second model differentiates sex and gender as two distinct features. This model came into existence in the 1970s and mid-80s as a theory established by the feminists. According to them, sex is the biological fact that distinguishes male and female, whereas gender refers to a cultural and more discursive field. Thus, “females and males are born, whereas [...] women and men are made”. This model has been regarded as highly useful, since it means that gender is no longer a fixed and unchangeable fact.


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Poornima Cabral, M. R. (2019). Blurring Gender lines in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(7), 16. Retrieved from