• Dayane Evellin de Souza Francisco Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


This research aims at discussing what happens when the concept of the “supplement”, as discussed by Ki Namaste (1994), is interfered by intersectionality, as coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw (1991). More specifically, this research establishes a dialogue between the theory of intersectional feminism and deconstruction by analyzing an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s Sula. This research shows how an argument between the characters Nel and Sula’s relates to the theory of intersectionality by illustrating the ways in which both gender and race issues shape black women’s experience. Moreover, this investigation argues that Sula’s interpretation of her own experience of race and gender relates to the concept of the “supplement” because she exposes how traditional (white, male) notions of womanhood are flawed and allow the concept “men” to be supplemented. This analysis suggests that Sula exposes how the meanings imposed upon gender are blurred and socially constructed, contributing to their reinterpretation and questioning. From this perspective, this research argues that Sula (subconsciously) engages in deconstruction by breaking with structuralist binary thinking and showing how this line of thought is questionable. Furthermore, this work points out the belief that the meanings imposed upon what it means to be a woman and to what it means to be a man are “always already” racialized. Finally, this research argues that, for Sula, the intersection of multiple forms of oppression gives her the possibility of agency, which indicates that “intersectionality” and “agency” seems to be somewhat intertwined.

Biografia do Autor

Dayane Evellin de Souza Francisco, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Dayane Evellin de S. Francisco obteve em março de 2016 o título de Mestre em Inglês: Estudos Linguísticos e Literários pelo Programa de Pós Graduação em Inglês: Estudos Linguísticos e Literários da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, ao defender sua dissertação intitulada "Voices of Resistance: Intersectionality and Agency in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" sob a orientação da Prof. Dr. Susana Bornéo Funck. A acadêmica é também Bacharel e Licenciada em Letras - Língua Inglesa e Literaturas pela mesma instituição desde 2014, quando desenvolveu seu Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso analisando representações da mulher negra no romance "Sula", da escritora Toni Morrison. Atualmente é doutoranda no curso de Inglês - Estudos Linguísticos e com área de concentração em Estudos Literários e Estudos Culturais.Feminismo.