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Posts tagged "Toni Morrison"


Variations on Beowulf, Feminist and Christian

“Why not Face / the Boss, and at Death Seek / Salves, not Scars?”

On Hula Hooping, First Grade Bullies, and Living Language: Mere Words and the Word

Oscar Wilde and Toni Morrison on the Power of Words

Moral Ground Must Be Shored Up By Mercy: In Memory of Toni Morrison

“She is a friend of my mind… The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.” So wrote the famed novelist Toni Morrison in Beloved, in a passage describing a love that goes deeper than the physical, engendering self-worth. Such love runs throughout many of the […]

The Problem with Paradise (According to Toni Morrison)

Toni Morrison’s Paradise (1997) begins with a startling act of violence, then, in a landscape of confounding spirituality, unfolds the stories of several different women. The book was, in part, one novelist’s answer to a question that will be familiar to anyone interested in the language of faith. How might religion be rendered in a […]

Her Guilt Sanctified Us: Love and Exchange in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

A beautiful meditation from Michael Allen on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: “And the years folded up like pocket handkerchiefs. Sammy left town long ago; Cholly died in the workhouse; Mrs. Breedlove still does housework. And Pecola is somewhere in that little brown house she and her mother moved to on the edge of town, […]