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The voices of Toni Morrison

Author: Barbara Hill Rigney
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In her analysis of Morrison's five novels - Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Sula, and Tar Baby - Rigney defines a black feminine/feminist aesthetic. The many "voices" of Toni Morrison, Rigney argues, are manifested in her radical use of language, her reformulations of self and identity, her reinterpretations of history as both fact and mythology, and her images of female desire. As Rigney describes  Read more...
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Rigney, Barbara Hill, 1938-
Voices of Toni Morrison.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c1991
(OCoLC)551470851
Named Person: Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Hill Rigney
ISBN: 0814205542 9780814205549 0814205550 9780814205556
OCLC Number: 23769651
Description: 127 p. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Barbara Hill Rigney.

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In her analysis of Morrison's five novels - Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Sula, and Tar Baby - Rigney defines a black feminine/feminist aesthetic. The many "voices" of Toni Morrison, Rigney argues, are manifested in her radical use of language, her reformulations of self and identity, her reinterpretations of history as both fact and mythology, and her images of female desire. As Rigney describes Morrison's texts, they are characterized by deliberate and meaningful silences, by the movement beyond language into music, and by representations of magic realism and the conjure world. While Morrison's fictions disrupt traditional chronologies and diffuse linearity, they also bear historical witness to the realities and brutalities of slavery, reconstruction, depression, and war - and thus, Rigney documents, they are always profoundly political. Rigney's study, like Morrison's novels, transcends traditional interpretations, maps new territory for postmodern fictions, and cultivates a common ground for a discourse on theory, race, and gender.

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