Toni Morrison's Fiction: Contemporary Criticism

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

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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

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

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