Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: A Lecture and Discussion

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins
Arts & Letters / History

Course Description

Toni Morrison published eleven novels, a book of literary criticism, several children’s books, various essays, and other non-fiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is the first African American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of her debut novel, The Bluest Eye. The book description on the Vintage edition reads, “Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes, she believes will allow her to fit in finally. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.” Although the novel takes place in the 1940s (and was published in 1970), the novel’s commentary on the effects of Eurocentric beauty standards on black communities continues to resonate today. The 50th anniversary of The Bluest Eye’s publication date offers us the opportunity to return to Morrison’s powerful work. For this event, attendees are asked to read The Bluest Eye in advance. This lecture will begin with an overview of various thematic concerns in the novel and end with a group discussion of the novel.

About the Instructor

  • Sika Dagbovie-Mullins is an associate professor in the Department of English at FAU where she specializes in contemporary African American Literature and Critical Mixed-Race Studies. She is author of Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2013) and co-editor of Mixed-Race Superheroes (Rutgers University Press, 2021). Her articles have appeared in journals such as African American Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.

Upcoming programs presented by Sika Dagbovie-Mullins.

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One-Time F101321 Sika Dagbovie-Mullins What is Critical Race Theory?: A Discussion
Wednesday, October 13: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm