Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni Morrison's Novels / Edition 1

Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni Morrison's Novels / Edition 1

by Philip Page
     
 

The novels of Toni Morrison depict a disjointed culture striving to coalesce in a racialized society. No other contemporary writer conveys this "double consciousness" of African-American life so faithfully. As her characters struggle to negotiate meaningful roles and identities, and as they confront the inescapable issue of division, her novels are permeated with… See more details below

Overview

The novels of Toni Morrison depict a disjointed culture striving to coalesce in a racialized society. No other contemporary writer conveys this "double consciousness" of African-American life so faithfully. As her characters struggle to negotiate meaningful roles and identities, and as they confront the inescapable issue of division, her novels are permeated with motifs of fragmentation. This divided entity is a theme repeated throughout Morrison's fiction. Operating on many levels, this plurality-in-unity affects narrators, chronologies, individuals, couples, families, neighborhoods, races. Philip Page's critical interpretation of Morrison's first six novels - Sula, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Jazz, and Tar Baby - places her fiction in the forefront of American culture, African-American culture and contemporary thought. Her fiction has the power to expand the souls of all readers by taking them into the recesses of other souls-in-process, by requiring them to work the traumas and dilemmas those other souls endure, and by challenging them to know, accept, and keep open their own dangerous freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878058617
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Puzzle of the One-and-the-Many3
2Morrison's Novels as Texts, Not Works26
3The Break Was a Bad One: The Split World of The Bluest Eye37
4Shocked into Separateness: Unresolved Oppositions in Sula60
5Putting It All Together: Attempted Unification in Song of Solomon84
6Everyone Was Out of Place: Contention and Dissolution in Tar Baby108
7Anything Dead Coming Back to Life Hurts: Circularity in Beloved133
8Make Me, Remake Me: Traces, Cracks, and Wells in Jazz159
9What's the World For If You Can't Make It Up the Way You Want It?178
Notes189
Works Cited209
Index225

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