Chapter 46. Toni Morrison

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Jennifer Terry Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch46

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Terry, J. (2009) Toni Morrison, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch46

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Durham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Toni Morrison;
  • Toni Morrison's - “This is not a story to pass on”;
  • trilogy, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise (1998);
  • Morrison's Beloved - her slavery novel, in a narrative present of 1873 – 4;
  • Beloved - Margaret Garner, fugitive who committed infanticide in the face of a forced return into slavery;
  • In Jazz, Morrison - African Americans and dynamic interplay between past and present;
  • Great Migration of African Americans Northward - during post-Reconstruction era;
  • Traces' hopes on relocating North in Jazz - partially echoes idealism of American Dream of a new start;
  • “Like a room that he lived in” - place, community, and home;
  • In Song of Solomon - belonging being related to regionalism and ancestry

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “This is not a story to pass on”: Toni Morrison's Historical Novels

  • “Like a room that he lived in”: Place, Community, and Home

  • “Language … designed for their play”: Voice, Tradition, and Experimentation

  • References and Further Reading