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Toni Morrison

1st Edition

By Pelagia Goulimari


276 pages

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Toni Morrison's visionary explorations of freedom and identity, self and community, against the backdrop of African American history have established her as one of the foremost novelists of her time; an artist whose seriousness of purpose and imaginative power have earned her both widespread critical acclaim and great popular success.

This guide to Morrison’s work offers:

  • an accessible introduction to Morrison’s life and historical contexts
  • a guide to her key works and the themes and concerns that run through them
  • an overview of critical texts and perspectives on each of Morrison’s works
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • a chronology of Morrison’s life and works.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Toni Morrison and seeking a guide to her work and a way into the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds it.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I. Life and Contexts Part II. Works The Bluest Eye (1970) Sula (1973) Song of Solomon (1977) Tar Baby (1981) Beloved (1987) Jazz (1992) Paradise (1998) Love (2003) A Mercy (2008) Selected Nonfiction Part III. Criticism The Bluest Eye (1970) Sula (1973) Song of Solomon (1977) Tar Baby (1981) Beloved (1987) Jazz (1992) Paradise (1998) Love (2003) A Mercy (2008) Selected Non-fiction Chronology

About the Author

Pelagia Goulimari is Chair of Women's Studies at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General