Quiet As It's Kept: Shame, Trauma and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison


Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.
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Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.
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Editorial Reviews

This book challenges the established view of Toni Morrison's writings, arguing that she constantly shows the painful and shameful aspects of racism and presents readers with brutal depictions of the effects of slavery and racism on America's African-American population. Bouson (English, Loyola U., Chicago) draws on recent psychoanalytic work in the areas of shame and trauma to explore these issues in several of Morrison's novels, including , /, and , among others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791444245
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents


1. "Speaking the Unspeakable": Shame, Trauma, and Morrison's Fiction

2. "The Devastation That Even Casual Racial Contempt Can Cause": Chronic Shame, Traumatic Abuse, and Racial Self-Loathing in The Bluest Eye

3. "I Like My Own Dirt": Disinterested Violence and Shamelessness in Sula

4. "Can't Nobody Fly with All That Shit": The Shame-Pride Axis and Black Masculinity in Song of Solomon

5. "Defecating Over a Whole People": The Politics of Shame and the Failure of Love in Tar Baby

6. "Whites Might Dirty Her All Right, but Not Her Best Thing": The Dirtied and Traumatized Self of Slavery in Beloved

7. "The Dirty, Get-on-Down Music": City Pride, Shame, and Violence in Jazz

8. "He's Bringing Along the Dung We Leaving Behind": The Intergenerational Transmission of Racial Shame and Trauma in Paradise


Works Cited


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