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

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

by J. Brooks Bouson
     
 

Quiet As It's Kept draws on and extends recent psychoanalytic and psychiatric work of shame and trauma theorists to offer an in-depth analysis of Morrison's representation of painful and shameful race matters in her fiction. Providing a frank and sustained look at the troubling, if not distressing, aspects of Morrison's fiction that other critics have studiously… See more details below

Overview

Quiet As It's Kept draws on and extends recent psychoanalytic and psychiatric work of shame and trauma theorists to offer an in-depth analysis of Morrison's representation of painful and shameful race matters in her fiction. Providing a frank and sustained look at the troubling, if not distressing, aspects of Morrison's fiction that other critics have studiously avoided or minimized in their commentaries, this book challenges established views of Morrison, showing her to be an author who forces readers into uncomfortable confrontations with matters of race. In Quiet As It's Kept, J. Brooks Bouson explores these issues in Morrison's works The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791444238
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1"Speaking the Unspeakable": Shame, Trauma, and Morrison's Fiction1
2"The Devastation That Even Casual Racial Contempt Can Cause": Chronic Shame, Traumatic Abuse, and Racial Self-Loathing in The Bluest Eye23
3"I Like My Own Dirt": Disinterested Violence and Shamelessness in Sula47
4"Can't Nobody Fly with All That Shit": The Shame-Pride Axis and Black Masculinity in Song of Solomon75
5"Defecating Over a Whole People": The Politics of Shame and the Failure of Love in Tar Baby103
6"Whites Might Dirty Her All Right, but Not Her Best Thing": The Dirtied and Traumatized Self of Slavery in Beloved131
7"The Dirty, Get-on-Down Music": City Pride, Shame, and Violence in Jazz163
8"He's Bringing Along the Dung We Leaving Behind": The Intergenerational Transmission of Racial Shame and Trauma in Paradise191
Notes217
Works Cited243
Index265

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