Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon: A Casebook

Paperback | April 15, 2003

EditorJan Furman

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The essays in this volume represent the major currents in critical thinking about Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison's widely acclaimed examination of the individual quest for self-knowledge in the context of the African-American experience. This collection offers a broad overview of thescholarship that has emerged in the decades since the 1977 publication of Morrison's third novel. These essays provide a map of the primary themes of Song of Solomon, covering subjects such as self-identity, the rituals of manhood and reading, and the importance of naming, and also explore thenovel's incorporation of African myth and African-American folklore. The casebook opens with "The People Could Fly," the African folktale from which Song of Solomon draws important aspects of its plot and major theme, and closes with an interview with Toni Morrison about her life and work as anovelist.

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The essays in this volume represent the major currents in critical thinking about Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison's widely acclaimed examination of the individual quest for self-knowledge in the context of the African-American experience. This collection offers a broad overview of thescholarship that has emerged in the decades since the...

Jan Furman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.91 inPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195146352

ISBN - 13:9780195146356

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Table of Contents

IntroductionJulius Lester: People Who Could FlyPart I: Quest for IdentityValerie Smith: The Quest for and Discovery of Identity in Toni Morrison's Song of SolomonCatherine Carr Lee: The South in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: Initiation, Healing, and HomePart II: Myth and FolkloreMichael Awkward: "Unruly and Let Loose": Myth, Ideology, and Gender in Song of SolomonGerry Brenner: Song of Solomon: Rejecting Rank's Monomyth and FeminismPart III: Narrative InfluenceJohn N. Duvall: Doe Hunting and Masculinity: Song of Solomon and Go Down, MosesGay Wilentz: Civilizations Underneath: African Heritage as Cultural Discourse in Toni Morrison's Song of SolomonJoyce M. Wegs: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon: A Blues SongLucinda H. MacKethan: Names to Bear Witness: The Theme and Tradition of Naming in Toni Morrison's Song of SolomonPart IV: Historical PerspectivesLinda Krumholz: Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of SolomonPart V: An InterviewElissa Schappell: Toni Morrison: The Art of FictionChronology: African American HistorySelected Bibliography