Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics

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Index
Abolition, 52, 53, 116, 265fn13
Abraham, 104; see also sacrifice
absence, 46; constitutive, 64; see also vanishing
Adorno, Theodor W., 11–12, 239
aesthetic, 11, 212
Africa, 97
Agamben, Giorgio, 28–29, 31, 48, 51
agency, 19–20; delusion of, 19–20; 228
alterity, 212
Althusser, Louis, 138
ambiguity, 152
ambivalent figures, 173–74
American Indians, 47, 54, 55, 204
animality, 143, 208, 215, 279fn17, Rousseau’s distinctions, 208; see also human
apocalypse, 19–20, 56, 124, 125, 129, 133, 140, 150, 152; and slavery, 126; and signification, 136; modus operandi, 136, 153–54; theatrics, 137; sleight of hand, 149; amnesia, 153; Columbus, 153–155; hermeneutics, 153; Fifteenth Century Europe, 154–55; and similitude, 160; banality, 169; millenialist dialectic, 200; promises land 202
Bachelard, Gaston, 201, 205, 206
Bacon’s Rebellion, 203–4
Bakhtin, Mikhail, 147, 178
Barthes, Roland, 5, 201, 205
Benito Cerano, 202
Benjamin, Walter, 12, 20, 150; see also language
Biblical narratives, 136, 147, 153, 154, 155, 167, 170, 179, 189, 232, 233; Abraham, 104; Isaiah, 154, 274fn46; Pauline references, 159, 233, 235, 238; 276fn6, 320; Revelation, 164–64, 275fn5, 166, 181; Jezebel, 164–65, 167–68, 275fn5; I Kings, 164–65; classical prophets, 166; Eve, 176–77; Song of Solomon, 232–33, 246; I Corinthians, 233; New Testament, 233; Pauline letters, 235
black masculinity, 185–86
black soldiers, 38, 80, 81, 84, 89; See also war
Blanchot, Maurice, 7–8
body, 63–64, 72, 129, 134, 170, 271fn15; and desire, 170–71; slave’s body, 210; and inscription, 134, 137; selfinscription, 234; black migrant body, 282fn13
Brown v Board of Education, 83
Butler, Judith, 12
Capitalism, 156; and indifference, 156
carceral network, 272fn24
carnivalesque, 147–48; 273fn36
citation, 100, 124, 147, 166, 216, 217, 219, 226, 229, 230; and grief, 217; Morrison’s self-citation, 240–41, 250; The Morrison Case, 284fn35

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