The Resource Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison, Melanie Anderson, (eBook)

Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison, Melanie Anderson, (eBook)

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Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison
Title
Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison
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Melanie Anderson
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Language
eng
Summary
At first glance, Beloved would appear to be the only “ghost story” among Toni Morrison’s nine novels, but as this provocative new study shows, spectral presences and places abound in the celebrated author’s fiction. Melanie R. Anderson explores how Morrison uses specters to bring the traumas of African American life to the forefront, highlighting histories and experiences, both cultural and personal, that society at large too frequently ignores. Working against the background of magical realism, while simultaneously expanding notions of the supernatural within American and African American writing, Morrison peoples her novels with what Anderson identifies as two distinctive types of ghosts: spectral figures and social ghosts. Deconstructing Western binaries, Morrison uses the spectral to indicate power through its transcendence of corporality, temporality, and explication, and she employs the ghostly as a metaphor of erasure for living characters who are marginalized and haunt the edges of their communities. The interaction of these social ghosts with the spectral presences functions as a transformative healing process that draws the marginalized figure out of the shadows and creates links across ruptures between generations and between past and present, life and death. This book examines how these relationships become increasingly more prominent in the novelist’s canon—from their beginnings in The Bluest Eye and Sula, to their flowering in the trilogy that comprises Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, and onward into A Mercy. An important contribution to the understanding of one of America’s premier fiction writers, Spectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison demonstrates how the Nobel laureate’s powerful and challenging works give presence to the invisible, voice to the previously silenced, and agency to the oppressed outsiders who are refused a space in which to narrate their stories
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VALIL
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document
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Anderson, Melanie
Dewey number
813/.54
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
LC call number
PS3563.O8749
LC item number
Z537 2013eb
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eBooks from EBSCOhost
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  • Morrison, Toni
  • Ghosts in literature
  • Future life in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
Label
Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison, Melanie Anderson, (eBook)
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https://www.austinlibrary.com:8443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=533190
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: "What does it mean to follow a ghost" in Toni Morrison's fiction? -- Spectral beginnings in The bluest eye and Sula -- "Why not ghosts as well?" the presence of the spectral in song of solomon and tar baby -- "What would be on the other side?" history as a spectral bridge in Beloved and Paradise -- "The specter as possibility": ghostly narrators in Jazz and Love -- "Slave. Free. I last": spectral returns in A mercy
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ebsco00228
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unknown
Edition
1st ed.
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1 online resource.
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unknown
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online
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unknown
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)829172878
Label
Spectrality in the novels of Toni Morrison, Melanie Anderson, (eBook)
Link
https://www.austinlibrary.com:8443/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=533190
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: "What does it mean to follow a ghost" in Toni Morrison's fiction? -- Spectral beginnings in The bluest eye and Sula -- "Why not ghosts as well?" the presence of the spectral in song of solomon and tar baby -- "What would be on the other side?" history as a spectral bridge in Beloved and Paradise -- "The specter as possibility": ghostly narrators in Jazz and Love -- "Slave. Free. I last": spectral returns in A mercy
Control code
ebsco00228
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)829172878

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