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

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

by Jan Furman
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146356
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
813,783
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
People Who Could Fly21
The Quest for and Discovery of Identity in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon27
The South in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: Initiation, Healing, and Home43
"Unruly and Let Loose": Myth, Ideology, and Gender in Song of Solomon67
Song of Solomon: Rejecting Rank's Monomyth and Feminism95
Doe Hunting and Masculinity: Song of Solomon and Go Down. Moses113
Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon137
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: A Blues Song165
Names to Bear Witness: The Theme and Tradition of Naming in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon185
Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of Solomon201
Toni Morrison: The Art of Fiction233
Chronology: African-American History, 1865-1977267
Selected Bibliography273

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