|Toni Morrison - 36062 - ENGL 611 - 01|
In 1993, Toni Morrison became the eighth woman, the second American woman, first African American, first African American woman, and first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. In its citation, the Swedish Academy praised her as one “who, in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.” This course—Reading Toni Morrison—seeks to identify and to examine that “essential aspect of American reality.” We will read the writings of Morrison, exploring how she represents history, identity, nation, race, gender, sexuality, and community in novels and essays that both challenge and complicate our understanding of these themes. We will read fiction and nonfiction by Morrison as well as essays of literary criticism that engage her works specifically and African American literature in general. We will examine her works as cultural and social historiography while also analyzing the formal/literary aspects of her novels. The politics of race will foreground our discussions.
Associated Term: Spring 2019
Registration Dates: Dec 10, 2018 to Jan 18, 2019
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
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