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The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison
  • ISBN Code: : 0307386589
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace. In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. Here, Morrison’s writing is “so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times).

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Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 1438427395
  • Total of Pages : 236
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 993
  • Pdf File: embodied-shame.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Examines how twentieth-century women writers depict female bodily shame and trauma.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination

By Toni Morrison
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  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Book Code : 0813943639
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 130
  • Pdf File: goodness-and-the-literary-imagination.pdf

Book Short Summary:

What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters’ greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time. Perhaps because it is overshadowed by the more easily defined evil, goodness often escapes our attention. Recalling many literary examples, from Ahab to Coetzee’s Michael K, Morrison seeks the essence of goodness and ponders its significant place in her writing. She considers the concept in relation to unforgettable characters from her own works of fiction and arrives at conclusions that are both eloquent and edifying. In a lively interview conducted for this book, Morrison further elaborates on her lecture’s ideas, discussing goodness not only in literature but in society and history—particularly black history, which has responded to centuries of brutality with profound creativity. Morrison’s essay is followed by a series of responses by scholars in the fields of religion, ethics, history, and literature to her thoughts on goodness and evil, mercy and love, racism and self-destruction, language and liberation, together with close examination of literary and theoretical expressions from her works. Each of these contributions, written by a scholar of religion, considers the legacy of slavery and how it continues to shape our memories, our complicities, our outcries, our lives, our communities, our literature, and our faith. In addition, the contributors engage the religious orientation in Morrison’s novels so that readers who encounter her many memorable characters such as Sula, Beloved, or Frank Money will learn and appreciate how Morrison’s notions of goodness and mercy also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit.

Toni Morrison's Developing Class Consciousness

By Doreatha D. Mbalia
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  • Publisher : Susquehanna University Press
  • Book Code : 9781575910680
  • Total of Pages : 244
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 409
  • Pdf File: toni-morrison-s-developing-class-consciousness.pdf

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Toni Morrison scholars as well as those interested in the creative process will be excited about a new feature that appears in this second edition of this book: a sampling of Toni Morrison's creative process. In Part Two of this critical work, the author spotlights some of the autobiographical kernels that appear in each of Morrison's novels. Part One offers a comprehensive study of Morrison's novels, demonstrating that each one is a thematic and structural offshoot of the preceding one, evidencing a pattern of growth in Morrison's consciousness of the exploitation and oppression of all people of African descent and of her commitment to struggle for a solution. "The Bluest Eye investigates the effects of racism on African female children. "Sula explores avenues of self-fulfillment, but in the process ignores the collective that nurtures her. "Song of Solomon reveals Morrison's increased awareness of the impact of historical and current events on the nation-class oppression of African people."Tar Baby offers evidence of Morrison's awareness that capitalism is the primary enemy of African people. "Beloved proposes the only viable solution if African people are to be truly liberated: collective struggle. "Jazz avows that conditions make people wild, and conditions in the U.S. and the rest of the world are life-threatening for women in particular. "Paradise reflects Morrison's recognition of the African's mistaken belief that the enemy is the "white man," rather than capitalism.

The Preface

By Ross K. Tangedal
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030851516
  • Total of Pages : 220
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 141
  • Pdf File: the-preface.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Building on insights from the fields of textual criticism, bibliography, narratology, authorship studies, and book history, The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century examines the role that prefaces played in the development of professional authorship in America. Many of the prefaces written by American writers in the twentieth century catalogue the shifting landscape of a more self-consciously professionalized trade, one fraught with tension and compromise, and influenced by evolving reading publics. With analyses of Willa Cather, Ring Lardner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Penn Warren, and Toni Morrison, Ross K. Tangedal argues that writers used prefaces as a means of expanding and complicating authority over their work and, ultimately, as a way to write about their careers. Tangedal’s approach offers a new way of examining American writers in the evolving literary marketplace of the twentieth century.

Toni Morrison: The Last Interview

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  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Book Code : 1612198740
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 273
  • Pdf File: toni-morrison.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“Knowledge is what’s important, you know? Not the erasure, but the confrontation of it.” — TONI MORRISON In this wide-ranging collection of thought-provoking interviews — including her first and last — Toni Morrison (whom President Barrack Obama called a “national treasure”) details not only her writing life, but also her other careers as a teacher, and as a publisher, as well as the gripping story of her family. In fact, Morrison reveals here that her Nobel Prize-winning novels, such as Beloved and Song of Solomon, were born out of her family’s stories — such as those of her great-grandmother, born a slave, or her father, escaping the lynch mobs of the South. With an introduction by her close friend, poet Nikki Giovani, Morrison hereby weaves yet another fascinating and inspiring narrative — that of herself.

The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

By Toni Morrison
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  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Book Code : 0307538966
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 241
  • Pdf File: the-nobel-lecture-in-literature-1993.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, reads the speech she delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

Transforming Scriptures

By Katherine Clay Bassard
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  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Book Code : 0820336130
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 644
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Book Short Summary:

Transforming Scriptures is the first sustained treatment of African American women writers' intellectual, even theological, engagements with the book Northrop Frye referred to as the "great code" of Western civilization. Katherine Clay Bassard looks at poetry, novels, speeches, sermons, and prayers by Maria W. Stewart, Frances Harper, Hannah Crafts, Harriet E. Wilson, Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Sherley Anne Williams and discusses how such texts respond as a collective "literary witness" to the use of the Bible for purposes of social domination. Black women's historic encounters with the Bible were, indeed, transformational; in the process of "turning cursing into blessing" these women were both shaped and reshaped by the scriptures they appropriated for their own self-representation. Two important biblical figures emerge as key tropes around which women fashioned a counternarrative to the dominant culture's "curse" on black female identity: the "talking mule" from Numbers 22 and the "black but comely" Shulamite of Song of Songs, the Queen of Sheba. Transforming Scriptures analyzes these tropes within a range of contexts, from biblical justifications of slavery and the second-class status of women to hermeneutical and post-structural critiques of the Bible. African American women's appropriations of scripture occur within a continuum of African American Bible-reading practices and religious or ideological commitments, argues Bassard. There is thus no single "black women's hermeneutic"; rather, theories of African American women and the Bible must account for historical and social change and difference.

The Writer Before the Page

By Toni Morrison
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0593082176
  • Total of Pages : 16
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 371
  • Pdf File: the-writer-before-the-page.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A Vintage Shorts selection. In her elegant yet piercing style, one of our most celebrated and revered writers, Toni Morrison, interrogates the writer’s task and responsibility in two illuminating and essential pieces. Initially delivered as parts of lecture series and collected in The Source of Self-Regard, these pieces exhibit the depth with which Morrison probes the capacity and power of literature. An ebook short.

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context [4 volumes]

By Linda De Roche
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440853592
  • Total of Pages : 1348
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 378
  • Pdf File: twentieth-century-and-contemporary-american-literature-in-context-4-volumes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This four-volume reference work surveys American literature from the early 20th century to the present day, featuring a diverse range of American works and authors and an expansive selection of primary source materials. Bringing useful and engaging material into the classroom, this four-volume set covers more than a century of American literary history—from 1900 to the present. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context profiles authors and their works and provides overviews of literary movements and genres through which readers will understand the historical, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped American writing. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context provides wide coverage of authors, works, genres, and movements that are emblematic of the diversity of modern America. Not only are major literary movements represented, such as the Beats, but this work also highlights the emergence and development of modern Native American literature, African American literature, and other representative groups that showcase the diversity of American letters. A rich selection of primary documents and background material provides indispensable information for student research. Covers significant authors, as well as those neglected by history, and their works from major historical and cultural periods of the last century, including authors writing today Situates authors' works not only within their own canon but also with the historical and cultural context of the U.S. more broadly Positions primary documents after specific authors or works, allowing readers to read excerpts critically in light of the entries Examines literary movements, forms, and genres that also pay special attention to multi-ethnic and women writers

Father–Daughter Incest in Twentieth-Century American Literature

By Christine Grogan
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1611479681
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 314
  • Pdf File: father-daughter-incest-in-twentieth-century-american-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This interdisciplinary study rereads father-daughter incest narratives of the last hundred years to argue for the importance of literature in representing not just circumscribed, singular traumatic events, as Cathy Caruth argued in the late nineties, but for giving voice to chronic and cumulative, or complex, traumatic experiences.