Reading Toni Morrison

Reading Toni Morrison

Reading Toni Morrison

Reading Toni Morrison

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Reading Toni Morrison is an informative and accessible guide to Toni Morrison’s novels, ranging from The Bluest Eye (1970) to Love (2003). The guide offers analysis of Morrison’s formal and narrative poetics and explores her engagement with contemporary issues and popular culture. It aims to introduce Morrison’s work to new readers and to open up lines of inquiry to those already familiar with her novels. Discussion questions are provided both to focus and develop readings.

The opening chapter of the guide gives an outline of Morrison’s life and career. Drawing from a range of interviews and her novels, this chapter provides insight into the ways in which Morrison’s heritage and personal experiences have informed her work. It also examines Morrison’s revelations concerning the conception of her novels, her writing methodology, and her thoughts on the role of the contemporary writer.

“Toni Morrison and the Novel” examines Morrison’s vision of the novel form and her engagement with the aesthetics and narrative conventions of black oral and musical traditions. This chapter considers the relationship between Morrison’s formal strategies and thematic concerns. It addresses the issue of genre, looking at the various ways in which critics have categorized her fiction and examining her response to these classifications. Individual readings of Morrison’s novels follow this chapter. They place the novels in context and provide analysis of thematic concerns, characterization, language, and imagery. Particular emphasis is placed on Morrison’s handling of themes that extend across her fiction: the different forms and manifestations of love, the pull of the past, and the relationship between self and community.

“Today’s Issues in Toni Morrison’s Work” examines the contemporary relevance of Morrison’s fiction. The chapter draws from Morrison’s . . .

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