9780815335887

Toni Morrison's Fiction: Contemporary Criticism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780815335887

  • ISBN10:

    0815335881

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-11-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This collection of contemporary criticism explores her concern with racial and gender issues and analyzes her in relation to other major modern authors, her philosophical and religious speculations, and her preoccupation with the process of fiction-making.

These classics provide a broad look at critical argument about Toni Morrison's meanings and significance during the past ten years. From the formative effects of learning one's "Otherness" as a result of majority perception, to the apocalyptic implications of racial memory, to the moral and psychologically constructive act of storytelling, to the structural function served by improvisational jazz music, to the imagery associated with both flight and naming, to the uniquely female experience of community-major issues raised by Morrison's body of work are explicated here.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Reading from Without and Within: Critical Argument and the Study of Toni Morrison
xi
Part 1: The Bluest Eye
Storytelling and Moral Agency
3(24)
Lynne Tirrell
Tracking ``The Look'' in the Novels of Toni Morrison
27(18)
Ed Guerrero
Part 2: Sula
Toni Morrison: The Struggle to Depict the Black Figure on the White Page
45(16)
Timothy B. Powell
Who Cares? Women-Centered Psychology in Sula
61(34)
Diane Gillespie
Missy Dehn Kubitschek
Part 3: Song of Solomon
Faulkner and Joyce in Morrison's Song of Solomon
95(14)
David Cowart
Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
109(26)
Gay Wilentz
``Rememory'': Primal Scenes and Constructions in Toni Morrison's Novels
135(30)
Ashraf H.A. Rushdy
Part 4: Tar Baby
Paradise Lost and Found: Dualism and Edenic Myth in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby
165(18)
Lauren Lepow
The Ancestor as Foundation in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Tar Baby
183(26)
Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Part 5: Beloved
Beloved and the New Apocalypse
209(22)
Susan Bowers
Fleshly Ghosts and Ghostly Flesh: The Word and the Body in Beloved
231(16)
David Lawrence
Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison: Reflections on Postmodernism and the Study of Religion and Literature
247(24)
Ann-Janine Morey
Part 6: Jazz
The Function of Jazz in Toni Morrison's Jazz
271(12)
Barbara Williams Lewis
Movin' on up: The Madness of Migration in Toni Morrison's Jazz
283(14)
Deborah H. Barnes
The Problem of Narrative in Toni Morrison's Jazz
297(14)
Katherine J. Mayberry
Contributors 311(6)
Credits 317(4)
Index 321

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