9780791096154

Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye

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  • ISBN13:

    9780791096154

  • ISBN10:

    0791096157

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: Facts on File
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Summary

The Bluest Eye is one of Toni Morrison's most powerful works. The novel, Morrison's first, tackles crucial themes of race and identity as it tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young African-American girl who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and well-loved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. The Bluest Eye, New Edition presents an impressive collection of critical essays and an insightful introduction by editor Harold Bloom that will enrich students' insight into this heartbreaking classic. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Alcoholism and Family Abuse in Maggie and The Bluest Eyep. 3
Toni Morrison's "Allegory of the Cave": Movies, Consumption, and Platonic Realism in The Bluest Eyep. 19
Text and Countertext in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eyep. 35
Transgression as Poesis in The Bluest Eyep. 53
Will the Circle be Unbroken?: the Politics of Form in The Bluest Eyep. 67
Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye: An Inverted Walden?p. 87
The Bluest Eye: Notes on History, Community, and Black Female Subjectivityp. 97
The Fourth Face: The Image of God in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eyep. 111
The Blues Aesthetic in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eyep. 125
Texts, Primers, and Voices in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eyep. 145
Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eyep. 159
"A Productive and Fructifying Pain": Storytelling as Teaching in The Bluest Eyep. 179
Not So Fast Dick and Jane: Reimagining Childhood and Nation in The Bluest Eyep. 193
What The Bluest Eye Knows about Them: Culture, Race, Identityp. 209
Chronologyp. 233
Contributorsp. 235
Bibliographyp. 237
Acknowledgementsp. 239
Indexp. 241
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Excerpts

The Bluest Eye is one of Toni Morrison's most powerful novels. The Nobel Laureate's debut is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. This book presents an impressive collection of updated critical essays and an insightful introduction by editor Harold Bloom that will enrich students' insight into this heartbreaking classic that tackles the crucial themes of race and identity.

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