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Toni Morrison and the idea of Africa

Author: La Vinia Delois Jennings
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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Explores the role of African traditional religious symbols in Morrison's fiction, interpreting African themes, images, and cultural resonances in the author's work.
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Named Person: Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: La Vinia Delois Jennings
ISBN: 9780521173391 0521173396
OCLC Number: 624413760
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Awards: Winner of Toni Morrison Society Prize for the Best Single-Authored Book 2008
Description: x, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: finding the elusive but identifiable Blackness within the culture out of which Toni Morrison writes --
Dahomey's Vodun and Kongo's Yowa: the survival of west and central African traditional cosmologies in African America --
Bandoki: witches, ambivalent power, and the fusion of good and evil --
Kanda: living elders, the ancestral presence, and the ancestor as foundation --
Banganga: the specialists --
medicine (wo)men and priest(esse)s --
Identifiable Blackness: Toni Morrison's literary canon at the western crossroads.
Responsibility: La Vinia Delois Jennings.

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An original study of the importance of West African religious symbols used in Morrison's fiction.  Read more...

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"...research on Africa and African heritage in Morrison's fiction is excellent...Recommended." - J. M. Wood, Choice "Jennings is adept at portraying African elements in all their rich complexity Read more...

 
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