Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon (Casebooks in Criticism Series) / Edition 1

Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon (Casebooks in Criticism Series) / Edition 1

by Jan Furman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195146352

ISBN-13: 9780195146356

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The essays in this volume represent the major currents in critical thinking about Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison's widely acclaimed examination of the individual quest for self-knowledge in the context of the African-American experience. This collection offers a broad overview of the scholarship that has emerged in the decades since the 1977 publication of Morrison

Overview

The essays in this volume represent the major currents in critical thinking about Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison's widely acclaimed examination of the individual quest for self-knowledge in the context of the African-American experience. This collection offers a broad overview of the scholarship that has emerged in the decades since the 1977 publication of Morrison's third novel. These essays provide a map of the primary themes of Song of Solomon, covering subjects such as self-identity, the rituals of manhood and reading, and the importance of naming, and also explore the novel's incorporation of African myth and African-American folklore. The casebook opens with "The People Could Fly," the African folktale from which Song of Solomon draws important aspects of its plot and major theme, and closes with an interview with Toni Morrison about her life and work as a novelist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146356
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
People Who Could Fly, Julius Lester
Part I: Quest for Identity
The Quest for and Discovery of Identity in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Valerie Smith
The South in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: Initiation, Healing, and Home, Catherine Carr Lee
Part II: Myth and Folklore
"Unruly and Let Loose": Myth, Ideology, and Gender in Song of Solomon, Michael Awkward
Song of Solomon: Rejecting Rank's Monomyth and Feminism, Gerry Brenner
Part III: Narrative Influence
Doe Hunting and Masculinity: Song of Solomon and Go Down, Moses, John N. Duvall
Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Gay Wilentz
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: A Blues Song, Joyce M. Wegs
Names to Bear Witness: The Theme and Tradition of Naming in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Lucinda H. MacKethan
Part IV: Historical Perspectives
Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of Solomon, Linda Krumholz
Part V: An Interview
Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction, Elissa Schappell
Chronology: African American History
Selected Bibliography

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