Playing In The Dark

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9780307388636
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review
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Playing In The Dark

Author : Karina Jakubowicz
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Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a seminal piece of literary criticism, and a masterclass in the critical thinking skill of interpretation. Interpretation plays a vital role in critical thinking: it focuses on interrogating accepted meanings and laying down clear definitions on which a strong argument can be built. Both history and literary history in the US have frequently revolved around understanding how Americans define themselves and each other, and Morrison's work seeks to investigate, question, and redefine one of the central concepts in American history and American literary history: color.. Morrison turned to the classics of American literature to ask how authors had chosen to define the terms 'black' and 'white.' Instead of accepting traditional interpretations of these works, Morrison examined the way in which 'whiteness' defines itself through 'blackness, ' and vice versa. Black bondage and the myths of black inferiority and savagery, she showed, allowed white America to indulge its own defining myths - viewing itself as free, civilized, and innocent. A classic of subtle and incisive interpretation, Playing in the Dark shows just how crucial and how complex simple-looking definitions can be.
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Playing In The Dark

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 0330330640
Genre : African Americans in literature
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Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal enquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination. Written with the artistic vision that has earned her a pre-eminent place among modern novelists, Playing in the Dark provides a daring new perspective that is sure to alter conventional notions about American literature. ‘Morrison’s reflections are vital not simply to conceptions of racial identity but also to those of American literary production . . . In these essays she examines “the impact of racism on those who perpetuate it” . . . Morrison’s daring – as a writer, a black woman – in addressing the issue in contemporary America is a measure of her integrity and courage’ Claire Messud, Guardian ‘The significance lies in the many permutations that her dazzling prose is able to work on the idea of white America’s “self-reflexive contemplation of fabricated, mythological Africanism” . . . Playing in the Dark is less a book for scholars than for the broad reading public – or those scholars, it should be added, who still doubt that race has been, and remains, a pervasive topic in the American imagination’ Eric J. Sundquist, Virginia Quarterly Review ‘Morrison’s real accomplishment is to recall the work of the true pioneers who first approached questions about race and imagination with urgency and rigorous open-mindedness’ New Republic
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Jazz

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 349922853X
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Liebe

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3499243687
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Im Dunkeln Spielen

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3498043552
Genre : African Americans in literature
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Gott Hilf Dem Kind

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9783644000773
Genre : Fiction
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Keine andere Autorin hat über die Jahrzehnte hin den Rassenkonflikt in Amerika so konsequent und leidenschaftlich beschrieben wie die Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Toni Morrison. "Gott, hilf dem Kind" setzt den mit "Jazz" begonnenen Zyklus fort, in dem Morrison die Situation der Schwarzen in den USA beleuchtet. Ein weiterer großer Roman der im Kampf gegen Rassismus engagierten Autorin. Lula Ann ist ein so tiefschwarzes Baby, dass ihre Mutter Sweetness bei der Geburt fast zu Tode erschrickt und der Vater die junge Familie auf der Stelle verlässt, weil er nicht glauben kann, dass dieses Kind von ihm ist. Sweetness erzieht Lula Ann zu Gehorsam und Unterwürfigkeit, nur nicht auffallen, aus Angst vor rassistischen Angriffen. Doch die heranwachsende Tochter sträubt sich gegen die verordnete Angepasstheit. Sie ändert ihren Namen, in Bride, kleidet sich in provokant strahlendes Weiß, macht Karriere bei einer Kosmetikfirma, verliebt sich in einen geheimnisvollen Mann und befreit sich auf ihre Weise von der Vergangenheit. Zwei starke Frauen, zwei verschiedene Lebensentwürfe, in dem Versuch, sich zu schützen und gleichzeitig zu behaupten. Ein Roman, der zur Weltliteratur gehört.
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Black Enterprise

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BLACK ENTERPRISE is the ultimate source for wealth creation for African American professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE delivers timely, useful information on careers, small business and personal finance.
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The Toni Morrison Encyclopedia

Author : Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu
ISBN : 0313316996
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Alphabetically arranged entries discuss the Nobel Prize-winning author's works, themes, and major characters, as well as providing an overview of her life and achievements.
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Critical Companion To Toni Morrison

Author : Carmen Gillespie
ISBN : 9781438108575
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Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, is perhaps the most important living American author. This work examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her work and themes, as well as entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences.
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