VEILED CHRONICLES OF RACE AND GENDER: RECONCEPTUALIZING INTERSECTIONALITY IN AMERICAN FICTION
Keywords:Fiction, Race, Gender, Intersection, Self-actualization, Reconceptualization.
Re-conceptualization of race and gender as an interchangeable procedure of social practices hold significant position in the contemporary global discussion. The present study explores veiled chronicles of race and gender in American fiction by presenting a comprehensive analysis of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1970) and Maxine Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1976). It highlights the role of fiction in the development of future perspectives. It primarily investigates the overlapping relationship of gender and race to emphasize the contribution of women writers of different origins towards self-actualization; raising the consciousness of women in general and ‘women of colour’ in particular. The term ‘women of colour’ focuses and refers to the socially created differences among Native American, Asian and Black American women. Qualitative in nature, the study uses Crenshaw’s theory of Intersectionality (1967), which explains how different types of discrimination interact to create social hierarchies. Character analysis helps to refurbish the idea that social structures cannot be viewed in isolation. The study sets out to determine how fiction proves to be the harbinger of revolutionary changes in the social power structures. It also asserts the role of fiction writers in re-conceptualizing the intersection of race and gender as an inevitable social phenomenon. For future study, South Asian fiction written by female writers may illustrate intersection of gender and religious differences influencing lives of females in the region.