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The New England Colonies and the Founding of the New Nation

Tessa Roynon

in Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition: Transforming American Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199698684
eISBN:
9780191760532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698684.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, American History: pre-Columbian BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Morrison's use of the classical tradition to challenge, in A Mercy and Paradise, the prevailing mythology that has come to define colonial New England and the founding of the ... More


“Newness Trembles Me”?: Representations of White Masculinity in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy

Mar Gallego-Durán

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Toni Morrison’s ninth novel A Mercy (2008) provides a fascinating account of the primeval nature of slavery in late seventeenth-century America. Not only racial but also gender divisions figure ... More


Personal and Cultural Memory in a Mercy

Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber

in Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628460193
eISBN:
9781626740419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

A Mercy examines the ongoing struggle for self-ownership in an evolving society based on the hierarchies of race, class, and gender. This essay draws on neuroscience and social theories of memory and ... More


Toni Morrison’s Sacramental Rememory

Erin Michael Salius

in Sacraments of Memory: Catholicism and Slavery in Contemporary African American Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780813056890
eISBN:
9780813053677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056890.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Chapter 1 considers two novels by Toni Morrison which are widely celebrated for undermining Enlightenment rationalism: Beloved and A Mercy. As critics often note, Morrison’s concept of rememory—an ... More


Cultures of Melancholia: Theorizing Desire and the Black Body

Laura Sarnelli

in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319389
eISBN:
9781781380901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Drawing on critical theories of postcolonial melancholia (Gilroy, Cheng, Khanna), this chapter discusses the ‘re-memory’ of loss – both personal and cultural – as allowing the emergence of embodied ... More


Beginnings and Endings, Part One: Old Languages / New Bodies

Yvette Christiansë

in Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823239153
eISBN:
9780823239191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239153.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes the depiction of old languages and new bodies in the novels of Toni Morrison. It examines the relationship between apocalyptic discourse and the ordinary, even banal forms of ... More


Beginnings and Endings, Part Two: The Poetics of Similitude and Disavowal at Utopia's Gates

Yvette Christiansë

in Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823239153
eISBN:
9780823239191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239153.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the poetics of similitude and disavowal in Toni Morrison's novel A Mercy. It suggests that this work is Morrison's attempt to separate race from slavery and to see it and its ... More


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