PLAYING IN THE DARK WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION

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Playing In The Dark

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9780307388636
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature. "By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America." --Chicago Tribune "Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer." The New York Times Book Review
Category: Literary Criticism

Playing In The Dark

Author : Karina Jakubowicz
ISBN : 9781351352673
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a seminal piece of literary criticism, and a masterclass in the critical thinking skill of interpretation. Interpretation plays a vital role in critical thinking: it focuses on interrogating accepted meanings and laying down clear definitions on which a strong argument can be built. Both history and literary history in the US have frequently revolved around understanding how Americans define themselves and each other, and Morrison’s work seeks to investigate, question, and redefine one of the central concepts in American history and American literary history: color.. Morrison turned to the classics of American literature to ask how authors had chosen to define the terms ‘black’ and ‘white.’ Instead of accepting traditional interpretations of these works, Morrison examined the way in which ‘whiteness’ defines itself through ‘blackness,’ and vice versa. Black bondage and the myths of black inferiority and savagery, she showed, allowed white America to indulge its own defining myths – viewing itself as free, civilized, and innocent. A classic of subtle and incisive interpretation, Playing in the Dark shows just how crucial and how complex simple-looking definitions can be.
Category: Literary Criticism

Sapphira Und Die Sklavin

Author : Willa Cather
ISBN : 1400039401
Genre : Fiction
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"Aus der Sicht von heute liest sich "Sapphira und die Sklavin" als ein historisches Dokument--mehr noch als zur Zeit des Erscheinens, 1940, als in den amerikanischen Suedstaaten immerhin noch strenge Rassentrennung herrschte. Doch schon damals sah die Kritik in dem Roman die Wiedergabe einer Gesellschaft, Kultur und Soziologie, in der ein Konflikt von Moralvorstellungen und Philosophien eine innere, immer dichter angezogene Sprungfeder erzeugt. Willa Cather will den Konflikt darstellen, nicht ueber Gut und Boese entscheiden und kein Urteil faellen." (Sabina Lietzmann) "From today's view "Sapphira und die Sklavin" can be seen as a historic document -- more so than at its publishing date, 1940, when there was still strict division of races in the American South. However, by its publishing date, this novel was a criticism of society, culture and sociology, in which a conflict of moral images and philosophies create a tightening elastic spring. Willa Cather wants to demonstrate the conflictwithout deciding about Good and Bad and without passing judgement." (Sabina Lietzmann)
Category: Fiction

Paradies

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3498043919
Genre : African Americans
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Poetisch, episch und sprachgewaltig erzählt die amerikanische Nobelpreisträgerin vom Zusammenprall der Rassen mit ihren konträren Lebensmustern und Ideologien, von Gewalt, Intoleranz und Unterdrückung.
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Jazz

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 349922853X
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Liebe

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3499237377
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Solomons Lied

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3499135477
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Gnade

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3499249626
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Im Dunkeln Spielen

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9783644002128
Genre : Literary Collections
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Amerika, Land der (immer noch) unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten, Hort der Demokratie, und doch zerrissen von einem unlösbar erscheinenden Rassenkonflikt: wie schlug sich das in der «wei߻ dominierten amerikanischen Literatur nieder? Wie stellte sich das Bild der Schwarzen dar? Die Rassenfrage, so Toni Morrison in diesen glanzvollen Essays, ist zur Metapher geworden, mit deren Hilfe weiße Autoren über gesellschaftliche und ökonomische Probleme wie auch über private Ängste reden konnten, ohne sich selbst gemeint zu fühlen.
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