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Toni Morrison and the New Black
Reading God Help the Child





ISBN 9781032095264
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
116 Pages

 
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Toni Morrison and the New Black examines how Morrison explores the concept of the new black in the context of post-soul, post-black and post-racial discourses. Morrison evolves the new black as symbolic of unprecedented black success in all walks of life, from politics to the media, business and beyond. Jaleel Akhtar's work shows how the new black reaffirms the possibility of upward mobility and success, and stands as testimony to the American Dream that anyone can achieve material success provided they work hard enough for it.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1 Passing as the Old Black

2 Passing as the New Black

3 Oreotizing the New Black

4 The New Black Melancholy

Conclusion: Apostrophe in God Help the Child

Bibliography

Index

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Biography

In his detailed, textured analysis, Jaleel Akhtar assesses God Help the Child as



Toni Morrison’s articulation of “new black” identities as fluid, plastic and evolving



from both Harlem Renaissance conceptualizations of the “New Negro” and from



the post-civil rights era

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"In his detailed, textured analysis, Jaleel Akhtar assesses God Help the Child as Toni Morrison’s articulation of ‘new black’ identities as fluid, plastic and evolving from both Harlem Renaissance conceptualizations of the ‘New Negro’ and from the post-civil rights era…Akhtar’s analysis will prove to be a resource for future debate. The awareness of Morrison’s body of work, fiction, and non-fiction, leads to some perceptive and insightful extrapolations that will encourage further, enriched debate on the ‘new black.’" Yasmin Begum, Contemporary Women's Writing