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.

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.

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.

Playing in the Dark


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388638
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

The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison


Author: Justine Tally
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139827855
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is one of the most widely studied of contemporary American authors. Her novels, particularly Beloved, have had a dramatic impact on the American canon and attracted considerable critical commentary. This 2007 Companion introduces and examines her oeuvre as a whole, the first evaluation to include not only her famous novels, but also her other literary works (short story, drama, musical, and opera), her social and literary criticism, and her career as an editor and teacher. Innovative contributions from internationally recognized critics and academics discuss Morrison's themes, narrative techniques, language and political philosophy, and explain the importance of her work to American studies and world literature. This comprehensive and accessible approach, together with a chronology and guide to further reading, makes this an essential book for students and scholars of African American literature.

The Bluest Eye

A Novel
Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0307278441
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.

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.

The Utopian Aesthetics of Three African American Women (Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Julie Dash)

The Principle of Hope
Author: Heike Raphael-Hernandez
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 173
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This work offers a connection between the concrete utopian theory of hope by the Gennan Jewish philosopher Ernst Bloch and the literary productions of contemporary African American women writers. The study argues that these literary texts should be read as concrete utopias outlined in Bloch's major work The Principle ofHope. Bloch argues that when people become consciously aware of the dialectical tendencies in concrete utopias will they recognize the possibilities first for their own personal empowerment and then for their communities. As a result of their conscious awareness, readers will be able to perceive the visions of the texts and will begin to actively dream of becoming agents for change themselves. The study claims that most texts by contemporary African American women writers such as Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, Paule Marshall, Sherley Anne Williams, Bebe Moore Campbell, and Terry McMillan provide concrete utopian visions. An application of Bloch's theory to these writers enriches a reading of their texts and demonstrates that art is the medium that will remind people of their constant, never-ending responsibility for personal agency.

The Origin of Others


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674976452
Category: History
Page: 114
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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.

A Mercy


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 030737307X
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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A powerful tragedy distilled into a small masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader in 1680s United States, when the slave trade is still in its infancy. Reluctantly he takes a small slave girl in part payment from a plantation owner for a bad debt. Feeling rejected by her slave mother, 14-year-old Florens can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives . . . At the novel's heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter – a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

Sula


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307388131
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

Toni Morrison


Author: Solomon Ogbede Iyasẹre,Marla W. Iyasere
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 337
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"Essays in this volume provide a clear overview of Toni Morrison and her accomplishments to date, beginning with discussions of Morrison's life and influence, continuing with articles on the critical contexts of her works, and focusing on critical readings of Morrison's involves from The Bluest Eye to Love."-About this volume.

Paradise


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804169888
Category: Fiction
Page: 318
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This story set in Ruby, Oklahoma is about an African American community.

Playing in the Dark


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388638
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 112
View: 9993

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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

Literature and Racial Ambiguity


Author: Teresa Hubel,Neil Edward Brooks
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042014282
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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From the contents: Peter Clandfield: What is in my blood?: contemporary black Scottishness and the work of Jackie Kay . - Neluka Silva: Everyone was vaguely related: hybridity and the politics of race in Sri Lankan literary discourses in English. - Teresa Zackodnik: Passing transgressions and authentic identity in Jessie Fauset's 'Plum Bun' and Nella Larsen's 'Passing'.

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

Beloved


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307388629
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.