Understanding Toni Morrison's Beloved and Sula: Selected Essays and Criticisms of the Works by the Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Understanding Toni Morrison's Beloved and Sula: Selected Essays and Criticisms of the Works by the Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Understanding Toni Morrison's Beloved and Sula: Selected Essays and Criticisms of the Works by the Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Understanding Toni Morrison's Beloved and Sula: Selected Essays and Criticisms of the Works by the Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Synopsis

Toni Morrison's "Beloved" is probably the most widely studied work of contemporary fiction, both in the United States and abroad. The novel appeals to readers across various disciplines; as such, it is now required reading in courses in English and American literature, feminist and multicultural critiscism, and American history in universities and colleges around the world. The novel's universal appeal, with its unique structure and compelling story, has made it the subject of numerous scholarly essays published in reference journals. To make the best of these essays more accessible to university students, this book offers a volume of selected essays with a criticial introduction and annotated bibliography.

Excerpt

Our silence has been long and deep. In canonical literature, we have always been spoken for. Or we have been spoken to. Or we have appeared as jokes or as flat figures suggesting sensuality. Today we are taking back the narrative, telling our own story. -- Toni Morrison

The problem I face as a writer is to make my stories mean something. You can have a wonderful, interesting people, a fascinating story, but it's not about anything. It has no real substance. I want my books to always be about something that is important to me, and the subjects that are important in the world are the same ones that have always been important. -- Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is an important novelist. . . . Part of her appeal of course lies in her extraordinary ability to create beautiful language and striking characters. However, Morrison's most important gift, the one which gives her a major author's universality, is the insight with which she writes of problems all humans face. . . . At the core of her novels is a penetrating view of the unyielding, heart-breaking dilemma which torments people of all races. -- Elizabeth B. House

I am really happy when I read something, particularly about black people, when it is not so simple minded . . . when it is not set up in some sociological equation where all the villains do this and all the whites are heroes, because it just makes black people boring, and they are not. I have never met yet a boring black person. All you have to do is scratch the surface and you will see. And this is because of the way they look at life. -- Toni Morrison

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