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Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon (Casebooks in Criticism Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

The essays in this volume represent the major currents in critical thinking about Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison's widely acclaimed examination of the individual quest for self-knowledge in the context of the African-American experience. This collection offers a broad overview of the scholarship that has emerged in the decades since the 1977 publication of Morrison's third novel. These essays provide a map of the primary themes of Song of Solomon, covering subjects such as self-identity, the rituals of manhood and reading, and the importance of naming, and also explore the novel's incorporation of African myth and African-American folklore. The casebook opens with "The People Could Fly," the African folktale from which Song of Solomon draws important aspects of its plot and major theme, and closes with an interview with Toni Morrison about her life and work as a novelist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195146356
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,275,070
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Furman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
People Who Could Fly 21
The Quest for and Discovery of Identity in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 27
The South in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: Initiation, Healing, and Home 43
"Unruly and Let Loose": Myth, Ideology, and Gender in Song of Solomon 67
Song of Solomon: Rejecting Rank's Monomyth and Feminism 95
Doe Hunting and Masculinity: Song of Solomon and Go Down. Moses 113
Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 137
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: A Blues Song 165
Names to Bear Witness: The Theme and Tradition of Naming in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 185
Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of Solomon 201
Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction 233
Chronology: African-American History, 1865-1977 267
Selected Bibliography 273
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