The Bluest Eye (Plume Essential Edition)

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2005-09-06
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The Bluest Eye (1970) is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who 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.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Intense Behaviors: the Use of the Grotesque in the Bluest Eye and Eva's Manp. 3
Lady No Longer Sings the Blues: Rape, Madness, and Silence in the Bluest Eyep. 13
Bleak Beginnings: the Bluest Eyep. 27
The Language and Music of Survivalp. 33
Eruptions of Funk: Historicizing Toni Morrisonp. 45
""""The Evil of Fulfillment"""": Scapegoating and Narration in the Bluest Eyep. 65
Text and Countertext in the Bluest Eyep. 105
""""Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"""": the Politics of Form in the Bluest Eyep. 121
Transgression as Poesis in the Bluest Eyep. 139
The Bluest Eye: the Need for Racial Approbationp. 153
Afterwordp. 163
The Bluest Eye (1970)p. 169
Black Girlhood and Black Womanhood: the Bluest Eye and Sulap. 183
The Politics of Abuse: the Traumatized Child in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye and Marguerite Durasp. 203
M'Dear's Deductive Methodologyp. 221
When Home Fails to Nurture the Self: the Tragedy of Being Homeless at Homep. 225
Naming the Invisible Authority: Toni Morrison's Covert Letter to Ralph Ellisonp. 239
Chronologyp. 251
Contributorsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 261
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