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Toni Morrison

Author : Lucille P. Fultz
ISBN : 0252028236
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this innovative study, Lucille P. Fultz explores Toni Morrison's rich body of work, uncovering the interplay between differences - love and hate, masculinity and femininity, black and white, past and present, wealth and poverty - that lie at the heart of these vibrant and complex narratives. Much has already been made of Morrison's treatment of race, but Playing with Difference demonstrates that throughout her work Morrison creates a sophisticated matrix of difference, layering a multitude of other distinctions onto the racial one and observing how these potencies of difference play themselves out in her characters. Fultz's holistic, thematic approach to her subject enables her to move deftly among the novels and stories, building a nuanced understanding of how markers of difference influence Morrison's narrative decisions. She examines Morrison's facility with imagery and wordplay and discusses the ways in which Morrison contends with the expectations of gender and race that have stiffened into traditions - or worse, prejudices. novel, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to Paradise (1998), along with stories, such as Recitatif, as parts of an elaborate and dynamic whole. Lucille P. Fultz, an associate professor of English at Rice University, has been an NEH fellow, a Mellon fellow, and the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant. She is a coeditor of Double Stitch: Black Women Write about Mothers and Daughters and the author of essays on Toni Morrison that have appeared in several collections.

A World Of Difference

Author : Wendy Harding
ISBN : UOM:39015026910532
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Analyzes how Morrison denounces the constricting patterns of dominant culture through her use of Western and Black traditions.

The Cambridge Introduction To Toni Morrison

Author : Tessa Roynon
ISBN : 9781139851367
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Toni Morrison has written some of the most significant and demanding fiction of the modern age. Her dazzling depictions of African-American experience are studied in high schools and colleges, debated in the media and analyzed by scholars at an astounding rate. This Introduction offers readers a guide to the world of Morrison in all its complexity, from her status as a key player on the global intellectual stage to her unique perspective on American history and her innovative narrative techniques. Covering every novel from The Bluest Eye to A Mercy, Tessa Roynon combines close readings with critical insights into Morrison's other creative work, such as short stories, libretto and song lyrics and unpublished pieces for performance. Lively and accessibly written, Roynon's insightful text is ideal for readers approaching Morrison for the first time as well as those familiar with her work.

Toni Morrison

Author : Lucille P. Fultz
ISBN : 9781441119681
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Cutting-edge scholarly guide to Toni Morrison's most recent work with emphasis on Morrison's examination of African-American progress and leadership at key moments in American history.

Narrative Conventions And Race In The Novels Of Toni Morrison

Author : Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert
ISBN : 9780415961486
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This study analyzes the relationship between race and genre in four of Toni Morrison's novels: The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, Jazz, and Beloved. Heinert argues how Morrison's novels revise conventional generic forms such as bildungsroman, folktales, slave narratives, and the formal realism of the novel itself. This study goes beyond formalist analyses to show how these revisions expose the relationship between race, conventional generic forms, and the dominant culture. Morrison's revisions critique the conventional roles of African Americans as subjects of and in the genre of the novel, and (re)write roles which instead privilege their subjectivity. This study provides readers with new ways of understanding Morrison's novels. Whereas critics often fault Morrison for breaking with traditional forms and resisting resolution in her novels, this analysis show how Morrison's revisions shift the narrative truth of the novel from its representation in conventional forms to its interpretation by the readers, who are responsible for constructing their own resolution or version of narrative truth. These revisions expose how the dominant culture has privileged specific forms of narration; in turn, these forms privilege the values of the dominant culture. Morrison's novels attempt to undermine this privilege and rewrite the canon of American literature.

Playing In The Dark

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9780307388636
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review

Toni Morrison And Womanist Discourse

Author : Aoi Mori
ISBN : 0820439517
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Aoi Mori has examined the culture and politics of Toni Morrison's fiction from the perspective of Alice Walker's "womanist" critique of African-American and mainstream U.S. cultures. Her study focuses on the complex gender and racial issues explored in the aggregate of Morrison's subtle and complex work. Toni Morrison and Womanist Discourse demonstrates Mori's insightful analyses of Morrison's works.

Thinking Through Sexual Difference

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ISBN : OCLC:64672627
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In this dissertation I seek to examine Toni Morrison's historiographic trilogy-- Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998)--as her attempt, not only to reconstruct the traumatized history of the African-American people, but also to reconceptualize the notions of race, history, and community by thinking through the idea of sexual difference. Focusing on Morrison's fascination with women's love as the impetus to her creation of the trilogy, the dissertation attempts to clarify how Morrison's project "to speak the unspeakable" of African-American history is related to her ideas of love, feminine subjectivity, and sexual difference. What makes Morrison aware of the mechanism of love is what I think could be called her psychoanalytic insight, especially when this is understood in light of Lacanian feminism as it concerns sexual difference as well as feminine subjectivity. Drawing on the vocabulary and insights of Lacanian feminism, each chapter focuses on the ways in which Morrison foregrounds the maternal space of primary identification not only as a site of resistance to a white supremacist and sexist society, but also as a site of reconstruction of subjectivity for African-Americans. Such readings also attempt to elucidate how Morrison reconstructs African-American history through "love," which is understood as a transference relation, based on the structure of primary identification, that opens up the subject to the unspeakable and the unrepresentable of history. A close reading of each novel leads me to argue that Morrison, in line with psychoanalytic feminism, privileges sexual difference over racial difference in the works that are said to constitute a "love trilogy." Finally, the dissertation explores ways in which Morrison reconceptualizes the notions of race, history, and community from what Lacan calls the feiminine subject position--a position of love that resists any and all totalizing or universalizing gestures. From such a position, Morrison problematizes the notion of race itself and offers a radical notion both of a history that contains everything and of a community that is not based on exclusion.

The Origin Of Others

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9780674976450
Genre : History
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What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date.

African American Male Writing And Difference The

Author : W. Lawrence Hogue
ISBN : 9780791487006
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Argues that African American literature must take into account the rich diversity of African American life and culture.

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