Toni Morrison: Conversations

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As a chronicler of the African American experience in fiction and as an incisive cultural commentator in her essays and lectures, Toni Morrison (b. 1931) is regarded as one of the nation's most distinguished novelists and intellectuals. Her novels are richly layered narratives that explore the meanings of tragedy and myth in individual lives. Morrison's perspectives on American life and culture, rendered with a deep understanding of the consequences of history and the power of ...

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Overview

As a chronicler of the African American experience in fiction and as an incisive cultural commentator in her essays and lectures, Toni Morrison (b. 1931) is regarded as one of the nation's most distinguished novelists and intellectuals. Her novels are richly layered narratives that explore the meanings of tragedy and myth in individual lives. Morrison's perspectives on American life and culture, rendered with a deep understanding of the consequences of history and the power of art, are always compelling.

Toni Morrison: Conversations includes interviews with the Nobel Laureate that bring into the foreground Morrison's comments on American literature and society, the academy, and her own work. She discusses growing up in Lorain, Ohio, her role as editor at Random House, the continuing evolution of her style, her teaching philosophy, and her most recent novels Jazz, Paradise, and Love. This volume includes interviews and profiles from the 1970s and 1980s that were not collected in Conversations with Toni Morrison (1993) and a rich collection of new interviews published together for the first time, including conversations with Paula Giddings, Salman Rushdie, Charlie Rose, and Elissa Schappell.

Carolyn C. Denard is the author of scholarly essays on Toni Morrison and the forthcoming Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison. She is Associate Dean of the College at Brown University and founder of the Toni Morrison Society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604730197
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,010,908
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

"I Will Always Be a Writer" Jessica Harris Harris, Jessica 3

The Triumphant Song of Toni Morrison Paula Giddings Giddings, Paula 10

An Interview with Toni Morrison Pepsi Charles Charles, Pepsi 17

Faulkner and Women Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference 24

Interview with Toni Morrison Eugene Redmond Redmond, Eugene 29

Interview with Toni Morrison Donald Suggs Suggs, Donald 32

A Conversation with Toni Morrison Audrey T. McCluskey McCluskey, Audrey T. 38

A Bench by the Road: Beloved by Toni Morrison The World: The Journal of the Unitarian Universalist Association 44

An Interview with Toni Morrison Salman Rushdie Rushdie, Salman 51

Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction Elissa Schappell Schappell, Elissa 62

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Speaks about Her Novel Jazz Angels Carabi Carabi, Angels 91

Chloe Wofford Talks about Toni Morrison Claudia Dreifus Dreifus, Claudia 98

Interview with Toni Morrison Cecil Brown Brown, Cecil 107

"I Come from People Who Sang All the Time": A Conversation with Toni Morrison Sheldon Hackney Hackney, Sheldon 126

Toni Morrison Zia Jaffrey Jaffrey, Zia 139

Conversation: Toni Morrison Elizabeth Farnsworth Farnsworth, Elizabeth 155

Loose Magic: A. J. Verdelle Interviews Toni Morrison A. J. Verdelle Verdelle, A. J. 159

"Things We Find in Language": A Conversation with Toni Morrison Michael Silverblatt Silverblatt, Michael 171

Blacks, Modernism, and the American South: An Interview with Toni Morrison Carolyn C. Denard Denard, Carolyn C. 178

Interview with Toni Morrison: "The Art of Teaching" Ann Hostetler Hostetler, Ann 196

Star Power Adam Langer Langer, Adam 206

The Nature of Love: An Interviewwith Toni Morrison Diane McKinney-Whetstone McKinney-Whetstone, Diane 214

Michael Silverblatt Talks with Toni Morrison about Love Michael Silverblatt Silverblatt, Michael 216

"I Want to Write like a Good Jazz Musician": Interview with Toni Morrison Michael Saur Saur, Michael 224

Pam Houston Talks with Toni Morrison Pam Houston Houston, Pam 228

Index 261

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