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- DescriptionIn this revised introduction to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's vels, Jan Furman extends and updates her critical commentary. New chapters on four vels following the publication of Jazz in 1992 continue Furman's explorations of Morrison's themes and narrative strategies. In all Furman surveys ten works that include the trilogy vels, a short story, and a book of criticism to identify Morrison's recurrent concern with the destructive tensions that define human experience: the clash of gender and authority, the individual and community, race and national identity, culture and authenticity, and the self and other.
As Furman demonstrates, Morrison more often than t renders meaning for characters and readers through an unflinching inquiry, if t resolution, of these enduring conflicts. She is t interested in tidy solutions. Enlightened self-love, kwledge, and struggle, even without the promise of salvation, are the moral measure of Morrison's characters, fiction, and literary imagination.
Tracing Morrison's developing art and her career as a public intellectual, Furman examines the vels in order of publication. She also decodes their collective narrative chrology, which begins in the late seventeenth century and ends in the late twentieth century, as Morrison delineates three hundred years of African American experience. In Furman's view Morrison tells new and difficult stories of old, familiar histories such as the making of Colonial America and the racing of American society.
In the final chapters Furman pays particular attention to form, ting Morrison's continuing practice of the kind of deep velistic structure that transcends plot and imparts much of a vel's meaning. Furman demonstrates, through her helpful analyses, how engaging such invations can be.
- Author BiographyJan Furman is professor of early American literature and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies programme at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA. She is the editor of Slavery in the Clover Bottoms: John McCline's Narrative of His Life in Slavery and during the Civil War and Song of Solomon: A Casebook. Furman has published scholarly essays on Toni Morrison, Civil War narrative, and slave narrative.
- Author(s)Jan Furman
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleUnderstanding Contemporary American Literature
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight313 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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