Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison Maxine L Montgomery

ISBN: 9781299974005

Published: November 4th 2013

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169 pages


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Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison  by  Maxine L Montgomery

Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison by Maxine L Montgomery
November 4th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 169 pages | ISBN: 9781299974005 | 8.76 Mb

Contested Boundaries aims to map the space between A Mercy, Toni Morrisons ninth and arguably most enigmatic novel, and the fiction comprising the authors multiple-text canon. The volume accomplishes this through the inclusion of eight originalMoreContested Boundaries aims to map the space between A Mercy, Toni Morrisons ninth and arguably most enigmatic novel, and the fiction comprising the authors multiple-text canon.

The volume accomplishes this through the inclusion of eight original essays representing a range of critical approaches that trouble narrative boundaries demarcating the novels included in Morrisons evolving opus, with A Mercy serving as a locus for discussion of her re-figuration of concerns central to her narrative project.

Issues relevant to the conflicted mother-child relationship, the haunting legacy of slavery, the black female body as a site of trauma, the thorny quest for an idealized home, the perilous transatlantic journey, the demands associated with love, and, yes, the desire for mercy recur, but they do so with a difference, a Morrisonian twist that demands close intellectual scrutiny.

Essays included in this volume are invested in a persistent scholarly investigation of this narrative and rhetorical play.The publication of A Mercy represents a climactic moment in Morrisons evolving political consciousness, her fictional geography, and, consequently, a shift in the margins marking her multiple-text universe.

The complicated markers of difference figuring in Recitatif and continuing with Paradise and Love culminate in the authors ninth work of fiction. This volume ventures to chart that change, not for the sake of encoding it, but in an effort to open up new ways of interrogating her writing.



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