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Toni Morrison

Class at Faculty of Arts |



To familiarize ourselves with several works this Nobel-prize winning American author, and suggest in what ways they contribute to the tradition of literature?American, black, and female. Writings will include The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Beloved (1987), and Love (2003). We will also read criticism.


Davis, Thulani. ?Not Beloved.? Nation 277.20 (15 Dec 2003).

Furman, Jan. ?Black Girlhood and Black Womanhood: The Bluest Eye and Sula.? Toni Morrison´s Fiction. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1996.

Gillian, Jennifer. ?Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and ?The Bluest Eye.?? African American Review 36.2 (Summer 2002).

Holloway, Karla F.C. ?Beloved: A Spiritual.? Callaloo 13.3 (Summer 1990).

-----. ?The Lyrical Dimensions of Spirituality: Music, Voice, and Language in the Novels of Toni Morrison.? Embodied Voices: Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture, ed. Leslie C. Dunn and Nancy A. Jones. New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Horvitz, Deborah. ?Nameless Ghosts: Possession and Dispossession in Beloved.? Studies in American Fiction 17.2 (Autumn 1989).

McDowell, Deborah. ?Philosophy of the Heart.? Women´s Review of Books 21. 3 (Dec 2003).

Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Knopf, 1981.

-----. The Bluest Eye. NY: Hold Rinehart and Winston, 1970.

-----. Love. New York: Knopf, 2003.

-----. Sula. New York: Knopf, 1973.

Reddy, Maureen T. ?The Tripled Plot and Center of Sula.? Black American Literature Forum 22.1 (Spring 1988).


Active class participation, one oral presentation, one final paper (3000-4000 words)