The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison: Modernist Authenticity and Postmodern Blackness

Paperback | December 15, 2009

byJohn Duvall

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Now available in a new paperback edition, The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison examines Morrison's hugely influential fiction, criticism, and interviews for traces of her struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. The only book to explore autobiographical tendencies in Morrison’s fiction, Duvall’s study:

-Provides in-depth chapters on Morrison’s most frequently taught novels
-Uses Morrison’s own words from interviews and essays as an important context for understanding her fiction
-Traces Morrison’s critical engagement with modernist writers, particularly William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ralph Ellison

In a new Afterword, Duvall discusses Morrison’s two most recent novels, Love and A Mercy, in the context of the author’s recent disclosures about her Catholicism.

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Now available in a new paperback edition, The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison examines Morrison's hugely influential fiction, criticism, and interviews for traces of her struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. The only book to explore autobiographical tendencies in Morrison’s fiction, Duval...

John N. Duvall is Professor of English at Purdue University. He is the author of Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction and the editor of the journal Modern Fiction Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.48 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230623085

ISBN - 13:9780230623088

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Table of 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": Rape, Race, and Identity in Tar Baby * The Authorized Morrison: Reflexivity and the Historiographic * Afterword

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"...an important contribution to Morrison criticism...it gestures toward powerful issues at the center of Morrison's work..."--Erik Dussere, Novel

The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison is, without question, the most engaging book on Morrison I have ever read.” —Michael Awkward

“...an effective new way to read one of our most important writers.” —South Atlantic Review