The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The story of Pecola Breedlove profiles an eleven-year-old African-American girl growing up in an America that values blue-eyed blondes and the tragedy that results from her longing to be accepted.

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 9780307278449

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

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The story of Pecola Breedlove profiles an eleven-year-old African-American girl growing up in an America that values blue-eyed blondes and the tragedy that results from her longing to be accepted.
Categories: Fiction

Race and Gender in Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye

Race and Gender in Toni Morrison   s    The Bluest Eye

Furthermore, one has to keep in mind that The Bluest Eye was published no earlier than 1970. ... Subsequent references to this work are to this 2007 “Vintage International” paperback edition; page numbers are parenthetically included in ...

Author: Kathrin Rosenbaum

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783668094314

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 60

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Examination Thesis from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Koblenz-Landau (Anglistik), language: English, abstract: Throughout history, the highly contested concepts of race and gender have adversely shaped the lives of millions of people. In the United States it is most notably Native Africans and African Americans who have been victimized on the grounds of their skin color. Women of African descent have suffered a double jeopardy due to the intersection of race and gender. For a great many of African Americans, men and women alike, literature has become an “important vehicle to represent the social context, to expose inequality, racism and social injustice.” In The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison explores the issue of African American female identity. The female Bildungsroman scrutinizes the problem of growing up black and female in a society which equates beauty with blue-eyed whiteness. Consumer goods, the media, adult approval and a dismissive attitude towards her mislead the protagonist Pecola Breedlove to internalize white beauty standards. With the story of Pecola, Morrison points out how the internalization leads to racial self-loathing and eventually to self-destruction. Nonetheless, the negative tone of The Bluest Eye is in part counteracted through Claudia MacTeer, whose narrative is juxtaposed to Pecola’s anti-Bildung and thus turns the novel into a double Bildungsroman with one girl “growing up” and the other one “growing down.” The following thesis will focus on the issues of race and gender in The Bluest Eye. The topic can be considered of particular relevance as it addresses a theme which remained unexamined until the 1970s, a theme which many have not wanted to know about and which others have been in denial about. Morrison, though, faces the truth about the intersection of race and gender by exploring in her novel how racism and sexism function, as well as the devastating consequences that can occur. Her debut further underlines that the search for culprits is complicated since the perpetrators in the crimes against Pecola are often victims themselves. [...]
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Preface

The Preface

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, 1970 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993), 215–216. 2. Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987 (New York: Vintage International, 2004), xix. 3. Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination ...

Author: Ross K. Tangedal

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030851514

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Building on insights from the fields of textual criticism, bibliography, narratology, authorship studies, and book history, The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century examines the role that prefaces played in the development of professional authorship in America. Many of the prefaces written by American writers in the twentieth century catalogue the shifting landscape of a more self-consciously professionalized trade, one fraught with tension and compromise, and influenced by evolving reading publics. With analyses of Willa Cather, Ring Lardner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Penn Warren, and Toni Morrison, Ross K. Tangedal argues that writers used prefaces as a means of expanding and complicating authority over their work and, ultimately, as a way to write about their careers. Tangedal’s approach offers a new way of examining American writers in the evolving literary marketplace of the twentieth century.
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Toni Morrison Box Set

Toni Morrison Box Set

A VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, OCTOBER 2019 The Bluest Eye copyright © 1970 by Toni Morrison, copyright renewed 1998 by Toni Morrison Song of Solomon copyright © 1977, 2004 by Toni Morrison Beloved copyright © 1987, ...

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780593082232

Category: Fiction

Page: 905

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A box set of Toni Morrison's principal works, featuring The Bluest Eye (her first novel), Beloved (Pulitzer Prize winner), and Song of Solomon (National Book Critics Award winner). Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Beloved transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. This spellbinding novel tells the story of Sethe, a former slave who escapes to Ohio, but eighteen years later is still not free. In The New York Times bestselling novel, The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty and yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes, that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. With Song of Solomon, Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as she follows Milkman Dead from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, introducing an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world. This beautifully designed slipcase will make the perfect holiday and perennial gift.
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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

New York: Vintage International, 2004. —. The Bluest Eye. New York: Rinehart and Winston, 1970. —. The Bluest Eye. New York: Plume, 1994. —. The Bluest Eye. New York: Plume, 2005. —. The Dancing Mind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. —.

Author: Lucille P. Fultz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441125392

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Toni Morrison features a collection of ten new essays by noted Morrison scholars, including recipients of the Toni Morrison Society Book Award. Focusing upon Morrison's most recently published novels (Paradise, Love, A Mercy) the contributors to this volume revisit issues that continue to engage Morrison and are part of the currency of contemporary American literary and cultural history. These selections examine Morrison's ongoing "romance" with African Americans as they continue to battle the demons of race, gender, class, and poverty, to name a few. Together, these essays offer comprehensive and nuanced discussions of Morrison's latest novels and provide new directions for Morrison scholarship in the 21st century. This volume provides students of literature, cultural studies, and history with an overview of Morrison's examination of African American progress and leadership at key moments in American history and culture from the Colonial Period to the present. Through their thematic interconnectedness, the essays reveal Morrison at her most brilliant in her ability to reach into the past to comment on contemporary issues.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Scandal of the Gospel

The Scandal of the Gospel

As Toni Morrison put it in her foreword to The Bluest Eye, people can take comfort in pity, rather than engaging in serious ... Toni Morrison, “Foreword,” in The Bluest Eye (New York: Vintage International, 2007), xii. 49.

Author: Charles L. Campbell

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9781646982202

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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Through its shocking incongruities and transgressive forms, the grotesque offers an intriguing lens for exploring the scandal of the gospel and the challenges of Christian preaching. Drawing on diverse sources—from Swedish crime fiction and contemporary poetry to James Cone, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Pussy Riot—this book will examine the theological, homiletical, and social implications of a grotesque gospel for contemporary preachers. The book focuses on three aspects of preaching and the grotesque: (1) the ways in which a grotesque gospel unsettles the preacher and challenges the "false patterns" that often shape Christian preaching; (2) the importance and challenges of resisting the weaponized grotesque, which dehumanizes people and furthers the power of dominant groups; (3) the incarnate Word as the carnivalesque, grotesque body of Jesus, which calls the church to become the porous and inclusive body of Christ. The Scandal of the Gospel is the written adaptation of Yale Divinity School's Beecher Lectures, given by Charles Campbell in 2018. The last chapter, "Preaching and the Environmental Grotesque," is a new addition.
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Black Age

Black Age

... Bluest Eye in The Ruptures of Capitalism: Women of Color Feminism and the Culture of Immigrant Labor (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006). 78 Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (New York: Vintage International, 2007), 4.

Author: Habiba Ibrahim

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479810895

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 269

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"Black Age argues that age tracks the struggle between the abuses of black exclusion from western humanism, and the reclamation of non-normative black life"--
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Fascination of Queer

Fascination of Queer

44Morrison, The Bluest Eye, 166. 45 Schmidgall, 'Introduction,' xxii. 46Coleman, 'Coming-Out Process,' 473. 47 Ibid. ... New York, NY: Scribner, 1925. Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York, NY: Vintage International, 1970.

Author: Stefano Ramello

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848880795

Category: Law

Page: 193

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Categories: Law

Bilingual Public Schooling in the United States

Bilingual Public Schooling in the United States

Reprint, New York: Vintage Classics, 1990. ———. My Ántonia. 1918. Reprint, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ... New York: Vintage International, 1995. Fast, Howard. The Immigrants. ... The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage International, 2007.

Author: P. Ramsey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230106093

Category: Education

Page: 278

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This history of one of the most contentious educational issues in America examines bilingual instruction in the United States from the common school era to the recent federal involvement in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing from school reports, student narratives, legal resources, policy documents, and other primary sources, the work teases out the underlying agendas and patterns in bilingual schooling during much of America s history. The study demonstrates clearly how the broader context - the cultural, intellectual, religious, demographic, economic, and political forces - shaped the contours of dual-language instruction in America between the 1840s and 1960s. Ramsey s work fills a crucial void in the educational literature and addresses not only historians, linguists, and bilingual scholars, but also policymakers and practitioners in the field.
Categories: Education

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature

New York, NY: Vintage International, 2004. Print. Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1970. New York, NY: Vintage International, 2007. Print. Morrison, Toni. “Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation.” In Ervin, 198–202. Print. Moss, Thylias.

Author: D. Quentin Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317605638

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature considers the key literary, political, historical and intellectual contexts of African American literature from its origins to the present, and also provides students with an analysis of the most up-to-date literary trends and debates in African American literature. This accessible and engaging guide covers a variety of essential topics such as: Vernacular, Oral, and Blues Traditions in Literature Slave Narratives and Their Influence The Harlem Renaissance Mid-twentieth century black American Literature Literature of the civil rights and Black Power era Contemporary African American Writing Key thematic and theoretical debates within the field Examining the relationship between the literature and its historical and sociopolitical contexts, D. Quentin Miller covers key authors and works as well as less canonical writers and themes, including literature and music, female authors, intersectionality and transnational black writing.
Categories: Literary Criticism