The essays in this volume represent the range of different approaches which critics have taken to Toni Morrison's work. However, the essays have not neglected the traditional fare of scholarship and provide insights into the structure, themes, language and context of her novels which will prove invaluable to new readers and those already familiar with her work. The essays have been selected also for their contribution to current debates in African-American literary criticism. African-American and European critics discuss Morrison's work in relation to debates over, for example, the essentialist or syncretist nature of African-American writing, the complex nature of African-American identities, the black nationalist aesthetic, and the relevance of European and non-European critical models to black American writers.
Self, society and myth in Toni Morrison's fiction / Cynthia A. Davis
The crime of innocence : Tar baby and the fall myth / Terry Otten
Hagar's mirror : self and identity in Morrison's fiction / Barbara Rigney
'No bottom and no top' : oppositions in Sula / Madhu Dubey
Tar baby : a reflection of Morrison's developed class consciousness / Doreatha Drummond Mbalia
Knowing our place : psychoanalysis and Sula / Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Selfhood and community : psychoanalysis and discourse in Beloved / Jennifer Fitzgerald
Knitting and knotting the narrative thread : Beloved as postmodern novel / Rafael Pérez-Torres
Daughters signifyin(g) history : the example of Toni Morrison's Beloved / Ashraf H.A. Rushdy
Experiencing Jazz / Eusebio L. Rodrigues
Signifyin(g) abjection : narrative strategies in Toni Morrison's Jazz / Angela Burton.

Additional Information
Series New casebooks.
Subjects Morrison, Toni -- Criticism and interpretation.
Morrison, Toni, -- (1931- ...) -- Critique et interprétation.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African American women in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,1998
Contributors Peach, Linden, 1951-
Language English
Description ix, 211 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-206) and index.
ISBN 031221121X (clothbound)
9780312211219 (clothbound)
0312211236 (pbk.)
9780312211233 (pbk.)
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