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Beyond the Orbit of Racial Identity in James McBride’s The Color of Water
N’GUESSAN Koffi Eugene
There are always selves – a sense of personal order, a characteristic mode of address to the world, a structure of bounded desires – and always some elements of deliberate shaping in the formation and expression of identity.
The Color of Water is an autobiographical narrative about the development of a racial identity of the young American mixed-race James McBride. The story is of a quite realistic illustration of “double consciousness,” one of the black American psychological predicaments as termed by W.E.B. Du Bois. According to Paul Gilroy, Du Bois used that concept to convey the “special difficulties arising from black internalization of an American identity.”