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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Summer 2020

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Abstract

This project explores the themes of resilience, familial sacrifice, and structural racism in Toni Morrison’s, Sula. Through a visual depiction, the stories of Black women’s struggles in an oppressive society where they are often invisible and abused is rendered. Morrison focuses her story on the evolving friendship of Nel and Sula, capturing how the childhood circumstances of two Black girls growing up in an isolated and impoverished community impacts their widely different adult paths. The story gives a glimpse into the lives of Black girls growing up in Jim Crow America and growing into women during the Civil Rights era. Evidence to support the framing of this visual interpretation was gathered through scholarly research databases. A literary analysis accompanies the original artwork. Audio narratives provide context for the drawings.

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Research Papers

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Original Artwork