The Critical Life of Toni Morrison

The Critical Life of Toni Morrison

Morrison's creative and critical texts are widely acknowledged to be challenging, complex, subtle, beautifully evocative, and exceptionally difficult for many readers. Ironically, reasons for creating The Critical Life of Toni Morrison ...

Author: Susan Neal Mayberry

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139344

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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The first book to trace the critical reception of the great African American woman writer, attending not only to her fiction but to her nonfiction and critical writings.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Critical Companion to Toni Morrison

Critical Companion to Toni Morrison

This work examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her work and themes, as well as entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences.

Author: Carmen Gillespie

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438108575

Category: Electronic books

Page: 497

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Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, is perhaps the most important living American author. This work examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her work and themes, as well as entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences.
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The Dilemma of double consciousness

The Dilemma of  double consciousness

She successfullyincorporates these perspectives, Heinze contends, by appropriating conventional literary forms to render artistically the story of black experience inside white culture.

Author: Denise Heinze

Publisher:

ISBN: 0820315230

Category: Fiction

Page: 209

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The critical reception that greeted Toni Morrison's two most recent novels, Beloved and Jazz, was so enthusiastic that it became a hallmark not only in Morrison's own career but quite possibly in the history of African-American literature as well. American readers and critics have strongly embraced Morrison in spite of the fact that her writings pose a stern challenge to an America suffering from moral and intellectual lethargy. In The Dilemma of "Double-Consciousness" Denise Heinze makes a major contribution to the current dialogue on Morrison by analyzing the extent to which her novels have been influenced by history and the interactions of race, class, and gender. Although Morrison's career represents an American success story, her writings attack values long revered in American society: the cult of domesticity and true womanhood, romantic love and ideal standards of beauty, capitalism and the Protestant work ethic, the primacy of Western culture and modern technology. Morrison is a mythbasher, says Meinze, but she is also a mythmaker whose ontology finds its meaning in nature, primitivism, the past, and the supernatural. Central to understanding Morrison's challenge to traditional values, Heinze argues, is W. E. B. Du Bois's notion of "double-consciousness" - the condition in which a person is representative of and immersed in two distinct ways of life. Heinze also draws on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s notion of the symbiotic relationship that Morrison, as an African-American writer, shares with white writers. Morrison's position as part of the literary establishment and as part of minority culture in America grants her two perspectives, both of which inform her work. She successfullyincorporates these perspectives, Heinze contends, by appropriating conventional literary forms to render artistically the story of black experience inside white culture. Morrison employs rational and controlled methods to naturalize seemingly irrational responses to life, and her "outsider within" status lends her a credibility that crosses racial, cultural, and class lines. In chapters that address Morrison's aesthetic, her treatment of families, her social dialectic, and her use of supernatural elements, Heinze provides incisive readings of all six novels. Morrison's stories of black families and black culture, Heinze says, appeal to a wide and growing audience by inviting her readers to share in her double-consciousness, to join her in a symbolic journey whose final destination is truth and understanding.
Categories: Fiction

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

The discussion of each novel features sections on plot and character development, narrative structure, thematic issues, and an alternative critical approach from which to read the novel.

Author: Missy Dehn Kubitschek

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015043119125

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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This study analyzes in turn each of her novels. It also provides the reader with a complete bibliography of her writings, as well as a list of selected reviews and criticism. The discussion of each novel features sections on plot and character development, narrative structure, thematic issues, and an alternative critical approach from which to read the novel.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

This is an illuminating and original introduction to Toni Morrison's fiction, focusing on its engagement with African-American history and the way the traumas of the collective past shape Morrison's work.

Author: Jill L. Matus

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719044480

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This is an illuminating and original introduction to Toni Morrison's fiction, focusing on its engagement with African-American history and the way the traumas of the collective past shape Morrison's work. Jill Matus approaches Morrison's fiction as a form of cultural memory concerned with obscured or erased history. She argues that Morrison sees African-American history--from the times of slavery to the continued racial oppressions of the twentieth century--as a history of traumatic experience, and explores how this powerful storyteller bears witness to a painful yet richly enlivening past. Morrison's novels are known for their great lyric power, but they often dwell on scenes of horror, and Matus emphasizes the uneasy relations of memory, pain and pleasure in literature. In doing so, she sheds new light on Morrison as a contemporary writer working at a time when literature is being urgently explored for its capacity to memorialize and testify. Direct and accessible, this critical study highlights the political and historical contexts of Morrison's work, offers close readings of each of the novels, and concludes with a critical overview of the field of Morrison studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Career of Toni Morrison Black Life Story Writer

The Career of Toni Morrison  Black Life Story Writer

Essay from the year 2021 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Vienna, language: English, abstract: This essay is all about the Nobel Prize winning Tony Morrison.

Author: Bernhard Wenzl

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783346373670

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 6

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Essay from the year 2021 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Vienna, language: English, abstract: This essay is all about the Nobel Prize winning Tony Morrison. Telling about the lives of black people in the United States of America was Toni Morrison's professional mission. The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature fulfilled it in many ways over the course of her impressive career. As a gifted fiction writer, she created imaginative novels that portrayed the harrowing experiences of blacks in a society dominated by whites. As a dedicated university professor, she gave insightful lectures that analyzed the stereotypical roles of colored people in American literature. As an ambitious editor, she published fascinating books that revealed the wide variety of African-American culture. As a critical intellectual, she wrote perceptive essays that explored the historical reasons for the economic exploitation, legal discrimination and political oppression of the black minority.
Categories: Literary Collections

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

"Essays in this volume provide a clear overview of Toni Morrison and her accomplishments to date, beginning with discussions of Morrison's life and influence, continuing with articles on the critical contexts of her works, and focusing on ...

Author: Solomon Ogbede Iyasẹre

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: PSU:000067188598

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 337

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"Essays in this volume provide a clear overview of Toni Morrison and her accomplishments to date, beginning with discussions of Morrison's life and influence, continuing with articles on the critical contexts of her works, and focusing on critical readings of Morrison's involves from The Bluest Eye to Love."--About this volume.
Categories: Literary Criticism

New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison s God Help the Child

New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison s God Help the Child

These essays build on previous studies of Morrison’s novels and deepen readers’ understanding of both her last novel and her larger literary output.

Author: Alice Knox Eaton

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496828910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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Contributions by Alice Knox Eaton, Mar Gallego, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber, Shirley A. Stave, Justine Tally, Susana Vega-González, and Anissa Wardi In her eleventh novel, God Help the Child, Toni Morrison returned to several of the signature themes explored in her previous work: pernicious beauty standards for women, particularly African American women; mother-child relationships; racism and colorism; and child sexual abuse. God Help the Child, published in 2015, is set in the contemporary period, unlike all of her previous novels. The contemporary setting is ultimately incidental to the project of the novel, however; as with Morrison’s other work, the story takes on mythic qualities, and the larger-than-life themes lend themselves to allegorical and symbolic readings that resonate in light of both contemporary and historical issues. New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's “God Help the Child”: Race, Culture, and History, a collection of eight essays by both seasoned Morrison scholars as well as new and rising scholars, takes on the novel in a nuanced and insightful analysis, interpreting it in relation to Morrison’s earlier work as well as locating it within ongoing debates in literary and other academic disciplines engaged with African American literature. The volume is divided into three sections. The first focuses on trauma—both the pain and suffering caused by neglect and abuse, as well as healing and understanding. The second section considers narrative choices, concentrating on experimentation and reader engagement. The third section turns a comparative eye to Morrison's fictional canon, from her debut work of fiction, The Bluest Eye, until the present. These essays build on previous studies of Morrison’s novels and deepen readers’ understanding of both her last novel and her larger literary output.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Toni Morrison s Fiction

Toni Morrison s Fiction

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 ...

Author: David L. Middleton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317954293

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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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 10 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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Toni Morrison s Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison s Song of Solomon

Presents a collection of interpretations of Toni Morrison's novel, "Song of Solomon."

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438125633

Category: African American families in literature

Page: 216

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Presents a collection of interpretations of Toni Morrison's novel, "Song of Solomon."
Categories: African American families in literature