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.

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.

The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison

Author: Justine Tally
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139827855
Category: Literary Criticism
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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.

Toni Morrison

Author: Solomon Ogbede Iyasẹre,Marla W. Iyasere
Publisher: Salem PressInc
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.

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
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.

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 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.

Interdisciplinary Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies

Author: GK Hall
Publisher: G K Hall
ISBN: 9780783804644
Category: African Americans
Page: 720
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Lists current publications cataloged during the past year by the New York Public Library for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Library of Congress subject headings are supplemented by special headings developed for the collection.

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 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 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

Risking Difference

Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism
Author: Jean Wyatt
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791461280
Category: Social Science
Page: 286
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Looks at the dynamics of identification, envy, and idealization in fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as in nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.

Anna In-Between

Author: Elizabeth Nunez
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 1936070189
Category: Fiction
Page: 354
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“Deftly explores family strife and immigrant identity . . . expressive prose and convincing characters that immediately hook the reader.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review Winner of the PEN Oakland Award for Literary Excellence Long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award When Anna takes a break from her successful publishing career in the US and visits the Caribbean island home of her birth, she is upset to discover that her mother, Beatrice, has breast cancer. The family is upper class, and treatment in America may offer her a chance of survival. But, believing that she would never receive quality care there as a black woman, she rejects all efforts to persuade her as the clock keeps ticking on her illness . . . From the American Book Award–winning author of Prospero’s Daughter, this is a “moving exploration of immigrant identity [with] a protagonist caught between race, class, and a mother’s love” (Ms. Magazine). “A psychologically and emotionally astute family portrait, with dark themes like racism, cancer, and the bittersweet longing of the immigrant.” —The New York Times Book Review “Nunez has created a moving and insightful character study while delving into the complexities of identity politics. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal “An intimate portrait of the unknowable secrets and indelible ties that bind husbands and wives, mothers and daughters.” —Booklist “Probing and lyrical . . . one of Nunez’s best yet.” —Edwidge Danticat


Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644004706
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Eine Party in einem Mietshaus in der Lenox Avenue, Harlem, 1926: Die schwarzen Bewohner lassen sich mitreißen vom Hoffnungsrhythmus der Zeit, des "Jazz Age". Plötzlich ein Schuß - die sahnefarbene achtzehnjährige Schönheit Dorcas liegt tot in ihrem Blut. Der Mörder: Joe Spur, fünfzig, ihr Geliebter. Kein Wort davon zur Polizei - mehr als den Tod fürchtet man das "weiße" Gesetz. Vielmehr entsteht eine sonderbare Freundschaft zwischen Joes Frau Violet und der Adoptivmutter der Toten, eine Ehe lebt auf ... Ein erstaunlicher Roman über den düsteren Glanz der Leidenschaft.

Toni Morrison

Author: Donald B. Gibson,Donald J. Gibson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9782884492010
Page: 148
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Offers biographical information on African-American author Toni Morrison (1931- ), provided by Danuta Bois. Discusses her life, her education, her career, and some of her work.

Mouth Full of Blood

Essays, Speeches, Meditations
Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473565847
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 368
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A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time ‘Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference—the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.’ The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993 Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence. The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison’s Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America. She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America’s Black Holocaust Museum. She revisits The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers. A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all. ‘To what do we pay greatest allegiance? Family, language group, culture, country, gender? Religion, race? And, if none of these matter, are we urbane, cosmopolitan or simply lonely? In other words, how do we decide where we belong? What convinces us that we do?’ The Alexander Lecture series, 2002

Settlements in the Americas

Cross-cultural Perspectives
Author: Ralph Bennett,University of Maryland, College Park. Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874134117
Category: History
Page: 290
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"This collection consists of the eleven papers presented at a University of Maryland Symposium in March 1986. The central purpose of this volume and the conference it records is to exemplify the benefits of cross-cultural and cross-scholarly perspectives on settlements and urbanism, and so to encourage more such efforts." "The theme of settlement and cultural expression pervades the presentations. The most striking contrast offered within the group of essays is between the English and Spanish examples: five of the papers deal with Spanish colonial cities and towns and five with settlements originating in England; one illustrates the French colonization of Canada." "The various forms of settlement developed in the implementation of the Spanish Conquest are outlined in George Kubler's essay. Sidney Markman illustrates the large scope of second-tier settlements for the indigenous populations in Central America. The broad cultural religious meanings brought by the Spanish and grafted onto local traditions in Lima are shown by Humberto Rodriquez-Camilloni as exemplifying a new culture whose urban development was a centerpiece." "The Roman-based Spanish urban models that were brought to the New World are described by Dora Crouch. Graziano Gasparini shows that many Spanish colonial city plans were more closely related to settlements in place when the Spanish arrived than may have been previously thought." "The cultural diversity of the non-Spanish settlements can also be noted in these essays. Lois Carr, for example, traces the agricultural and economic features of the first century of English settlement of the Chesapeake. Other contributors look at Providence Island in the Caribbean, the Pennsylvania Quakers, and the Tory refugees from the American Revolution who found themselves in the Bahamas as cultural transplants from the American Colonies." "Several of the papers chronicle the economic bases of settlements as well as their physical form. Topics include the role of Indian labor in the Central American Spanish colonies, the Quaker agricultural economy, the frail agricultural base of the Tidewater, and France's North American colonies. Also included are discussions of the Spanish tradition, the Charleston city plan, and the French tradition of territorial control in Europe and its export to North America." "The settlements described by these papers are important because, to their settlers, the enterprises were as vast as could be imagined at the time - and were in many cases life-consuming. Many of the essays give poignant witness to the courage and persistence shown by New World settlers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Critical Waltz

Essays on the Work of Dorothy Parker
Author: Rhonda S. Pettit
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838639689
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 379
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This is the first collection of critical essays devoted to the writing of Dorothy Parker. Its four part organisation reflects a necessary shift away from her identity as primarily a humorist or Jazz Age literary celebrity.