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New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's God Help the ChildRace, Culture, and History$
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Alice Knox Eaton, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, and Shirley A. Stave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828873

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828873.001.0001

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Introduction

Chapter:
(p.ix) Introduction
Source:
(p.iii) New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child
Author(s):
Alice Knox Eaton, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Shirley A. Stave, Alice Knox Eaton, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Shirley A. Stave
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496828873.003.0001

In her eleventh novel, God Help the Child, Toni Morrison returns to several of the signature themes explored in her previous work: pernicious beauty standards for women, particularly African American women; mother-child relationships; racism and colorism; and child sexual abuse. As with Morrison’s other work, the story takes on mythic qualities, and the larger-than-life themes lend themselves to allegorical and symbolic readings that resonate in light of both contemporary and historical issues.

Keywords:   Trauma, Intersectionality, Child sexual abuse, Colorism, Mother-child relationships

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