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The identifying fictions of Toni Morrison : modernist authenticity and postmodern blackness

Author: John N Duvall
Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Although all published biographical sketches of Toni Morrison agree that her birth name was Chloe Anthony Wofford, this information is apparently incorrect. Using previously unknown biographical documents, John Duvall explores the issue of names and naming in Morrison's fiction and repeatedly finds surprising traces of the Nobel prize-winning author's struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John N Duvall
ISBN: 0312234023 9780312234027
OCLC Number: 44541791
Description: x, 182 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introductory identifications: making it up or finding it? --
Invisible name and complex authority in The bluest eye: Morrison's covert letter to Ralph Ellison --
Engendering sexual/textual identity: Sula and the artistic gaze --
Song of Solomon, narrative identity, and the Faulknerian intertext --
Descent in the "House of Chloe": race, rape, and identity in Tar baby --
The authorized Morrison: reflexivity and the historiographic.
Responsibility: John N. Duvall.
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"Although all published biographical sketches of Toni Morrison agree that her birth name was Chloe Anthony Wofford, this information is apparently incorrect. Using previously unknown biographical documents, John Duvall explores the issue of names and naming in Morrison's fiction and repeatedly finds surprising traces of the Nobel prize-winning author's struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. Whatever the exact circumstances surrounding her decision to become Toni, one thing becomes clear: the question of identity was not a given for Morrison because she rejected her given name."--BOOK JACKET.

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