Research Article

A Comparative Approach to Identities in Toni Morrison’s and Léonora Miano’s Novels


  • Daniel Tia University of Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Department of English, American Literature
  • Miss Mélaine Amanda Doctorante, Département de Lettres Modernes, Littératures Générales Comparées, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Women writers from the African Diaspora are committed to the question of identity. They construct extraordinary imaginary worlds, sometimes closely linked to their host societies or those of their ancestors. This in-between-cultures characteristic explains the plurality of identities that unfold. The desire to assert their rights and acquire financial mobility forces the fictional subjects evolving in these spaces to embark on a frantic quest for material goods. But to preserve their cultural heritage, influenced by that of elsewhere, they undertake a process of identity construction. Through these narrative strategies, a transgressive practice emerges whose aesthetic aim is to advocate justice. The novels surveyed depict several female figures whose convergent and divergent aspects merit in-depth critical analysis. To this end, the comparative approach will elucidate two major axes, namely "emerging identity forms" and "socialization strategies".

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

7 (2)





How to Cite

Tia, D., & Kossonou, K. M. A. (2024). A Comparative Approach to Identities in Toni Morrison’s and Léonora Miano’s Novels. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 7(2), 01–10.



société d’accueil, Diaspora africaine, mobilité financière, construction identitaire, pratique transgressive/, host society, African Diaspora, financial mobility, identity construction, transgressive tendency