Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Martha Wiseman

Second Advisor

Margaret Greaves


In the year 1987, two of the most important American writers of the twentieth century, Toni Morrison and Gloria Anzaldúa, published what many consider to be their respective magnum opuses: Morrison’s Beloved and Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. In these groundbreaking texts, Morrison and Anzaldúa boldly confront the complex legacies of American imperialism and slavery, examining the effect colonization has had on their respective communities, ancestors, and selves. In this essay, I argue that literature emerging from marginalized communities within the United States can and should be considered among global postcolonial texts; Morrison and Anzaldúa illustrate the ways in which internalized colonialism harms and perpetuates colonization within their communities. Ultimately, though, they suggest that decolonization is possible through a rejection of these racist, colonialist projections.