Toni Morrison

Playing with Difference

Author: Lucille P. Fultz

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252028236

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 141

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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.
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Toni Morrison

Paradise, Love, A Mercy

Author: Lucille P. Fultz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441167919

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.
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Toni Morrison and Womanist Discourse

Author: Aoi Mori

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820439518

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 165

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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.
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Toni Morrison Explained

A Reader's Road Map to the Novels

Author: Ron David

Publisher: Random House Reference

ISBN: 9780375707322

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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"Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader's Road Map to the Novels is a delightful exploration of the twists and turns that take us from the beginning to the end of her books. You will find out that her books are not as hard as you think. All of her novels are examined from the perspectives of what Toni Morrison has said about them, what the critics have said, and what the author, Ron David, says about them." "In the processes of discovering what each of the novels is about, you will also learn about both the writing and the reading processes. On top of that, you'll have fun on your journey."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Playing in the Dark

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307388636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

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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
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The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison

Author: Tessa Roynon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139851365

Category: 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.
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Toni Morrison

Writing the Moral Imagination

Author: Valerie Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118326741

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This compelling study explores the inextricable links between the Nobel laureate’s aesthetic practice and her political vision, through an analysis of the key texts as well as her lesser-studied works, books for children, and most recent novels. Offers provocative new insights and a refreshingly original contribution to the scholarship of one of the most important contemporary American writers Analyzes the celebrated fiction of Morrison in relation to her critical writing about the process of reading and writing literature, the relationship between readers and writers, and the cultural contributions of African-American literature Features extended analyses of Morrison’s lesser-known works, most recent novels, and books for children as well as the key texts
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Black Identity in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"

Author: Patrick Ellrott

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 365652906X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 22

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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,3, University of Wuppertal, language: English, abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to show the destruction of identity in The Bluest Eye. In order to find out how far Toni Morrison digests her own experiences in her first piece of work, it is important to have a closer insight into her biography. First of all, I will provide the reader with some basic information about the author and genesis of the work in order to find out how far Toni Morrison dwells on her past. It is necessary to reflect on the underlying reasons why Toni Morrison started writing The Bluest Eye, as her motivation reveals the emotional attachment she has to her work. Hence, The Bluest Eye is introduced. The primer depicts the main aspects around the Bluest Eye and how it deals with identity formation and the tremendous problem with the context of beauty. Subsequently, I will give a definition of social identity to lay the foundation and back my argumentation. In this context, the concept of beauty plays a major role. I will illustrate the difficult situation of black people in a dominant white culture and how some black characters in The Bluest Eye are developed as a result of this. After that, I will present a sociological view of this problem and describe how Morrison’s characters developed their identities by classifying them into categories. In my conclusion, I will discuss the main character’s identities and highlight the differences between the MacTeers and the Breedloves.
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