Toni Morrison and Black Writing. Reading Contemporary Fiction ACL1001. This lecture will discuss:. ‘Black’ writing Early Contexts of ‘Black’ writing ‘Black’ Writing and historical contexts ‘Black’ writers ‘Black’ Writing and post-structuralist ideologies Toni Morrison . Black.
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Reading Contemporary Fiction
“projects the image of Africa [and its black inhabitants] as the 'other world', the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilisation, a place where man's vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant bestiality.”
“Rape? Why you little white girls think somebody’s trying to rape you?”
“White?” She was startled out of fury. “I’m not . . . you know I’m not white!”
“No? Then why don’t you settle down and stop acting like it.” (p.121).
Pure as the driven snow
Trumby was a ringerAs solid as a post.His skin was black but his heart was whiteAnd that's what mattered most.
“At the very point when—due to the activities of anti-colonialism, the black movement, the women’s movement, the gay movement—‘the author,’ the authoritative source of all that excludes, is named and has an accusatory finger pointed at him, the author at this very point conveniently dies” (1992, p.17).
“When Toni Morrison wrote Beloved she was reclaiming an experience that had hitherto been written and documented largely by white men or ‘official history.’ In giving the protagonist of the story, especially the women, a voice, Morrison was using the evidence provided by partial and partisan history even as she undermined its right of narrative and cultural supremacy” (2004, p.142).