Countenance of Cultural Identity and Roots in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy
This paper examines the facets of cultural identity that emerge in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) through an examination of the ethnic histories, ethnic rites, ethnic symbols, and figurations she incorporates into their narratives. Numerous cultural identity methods in literary narratives have been discovered and studied, including the author’s primary incorporation of oral, mythic, and historical components into the body of the text in issue. Individuals are held accountable for peaceful cooperation in a community, the study asserts. The novel’s protagonist examines the community’s consciousness and her origins. Walker’s cultural tradition-bearers yearn to be a part of it. The article delves into her characters’ quest for identity through the validation of their community’s culture and history. As a result, they are unwilling to be inactive. It explores the rise of cultural studies as a discipline that viewed culture as a tool for both ideological dominance and empowerment. This is highlighted in especially with regard to Black Diaspora people-how they became conscious of their cultural dislocation and chose, metaphorically, to return to their culture and roots for strength and sustenance.