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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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(p.ix) Introduction
(p.iii) New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child
Alice Knox Eaton, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Shirley A. Stave, Alice Knox Eaton, Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Shirley A. Stave
University Press of Mississippi

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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