Toni Morrison's Fiction: Contemporary Criticism / Edition 1

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

This reprint (Garland, 1997) could have been an up-to-date second edition if criticism on Morrison's newest novel, had been included. Fifteen essays by 17 scholars (from English, cinema studies, and philosophy) are distributed among six novels, two or three essays each. Included are Lynne Tirrell's "Storytelling and Moral Agency" in , "Faulkner and Joyce in Morrison's , and "Fleshly Ghosts and Ghostly Flesh: The Word and the Body" in ." A helpful index of themes that run through the novels is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815335887
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Critical Studies in Black Life and Culture Series, #30
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading from Without and Within: Critical Argument and the Study of Toni Morrison
Pt. 1 The Bluest Eye
Storytelling and Moral Agency 3
Tracking "The Look" in the Novels of Toni Morrison 27
Pt. 2 Sula
Toni Morrison: The Struggle to Depict the Black Figure on the White Page 45
Who Cares? Women-Centered Psychology in Sula 61
Pt. 3 Song of Solomon
Faulkner and Joyce in Morrison's Song of Solomon 95
Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 109
"Rememory": Primal Scenes and Constructions in Toni Morrison's Novels 135
Pt. 4 Tar Baby
Paradise Lost and Found: Dualism and Edenic Myth in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby 165
The Ancestor as Foundation in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Tar Baby 183
Pt. 5 Beloved
Beloved and the New Apocalypse 209
Fleshly Ghosts and Ghostly Flesh: The Word and the Body in Beloved 231
Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison: Reflections on Postmodernism and the Study of Religion and Literature 247
Pt. 6 Jazz
The Function of Jazz in Toni Morrison's Jazz 271
Movin' on up: The Madness of Migration in Toni Morrison's Jazz 283
The Problem of Narrative in Toni Morrison's Jazz 297
Contributors 311
Credits 317
Index 321
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