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“And now she was different”: Sexuality and differentiation among Black Women in Quicksand, Passing, and Sula

Helena Michie

in Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195073874
eISBN:
9780199855223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

History and literature have been known to ascribe a blanket of sameness in the study of black communities and their issues. The chapter approaches the concept of dissimilarity within communities of ... More


In Search of Home: the 1920s–1950s

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/9780199698684.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, American History: pre-Columbian BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that in the novels that address the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s — Jazz, The Bluest Eye, and Sula — Morrison examines the opportunities and pitfalls that ‘freedom’ proscribed by ... More


America, Africa, and Classical Traditions

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/9780199698684.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, American History: pre-Columbian BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Morrison's challenge to the fabricated conception of classicism as a ‘pure’ boy of culture, as a European pedigree on which so many aspects of dominant American identity depend. ... More


Magically Flying With Toni Morrison: Mexico, Gabriel García Márquez, Song of Solomon, and Sula

Davíd Carrasco

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/9781628460193.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In this essay Davíd Carrasco wants to reflect on two religious dimensions in Morrison’s language of catching, of doing and of togetherness. He presents a hybrid essay mixing fragments from journals ... More


War, Trauma, Displacement, Diaspora: Toni Morrison’s and Caryl Phillips’s African American Soldiers

Tuire Valkeakari

in Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813062471
eISBN:
9780813051963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062471.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Toni Morrison’s and Caryl Phillips’s portraits of African American troops in World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. These authors’ stories of African American soldiers and ... More


Burnt Offerings: Law and Sacrifice

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/9780823239153.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the depiction of law and sacrifice in the novels of Toni Morrison. It analyzes how Morrison portrayed the violations of black communities, such as lynching, in some of her works ... More


Always: The Living Ancestor and the Testimony of Will in Sula

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033280
eISBN:
9780813039060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the shortcomings of the main character in Toni Morrison's second novel Sula, particularly her negligence of African values. It analyzes archetypes and symbols that mark Sula's ... More


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