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Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning

Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally


Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning includes essays by well-known international scholars focusing on the author’s literary production and including her very latest works—the theatrical production Desdemona, and her tenth and latest novel, Home. These original contributions are among the first scholarly analyses of these latest additions to her oeuvre and make the volume a valuable addition to potential readers and teachers eager to understand the position of Desdemona and Home within the wider scope of Morrison’s work. In fact, in Home we find a reworking of many of the tropes and themes that ru ... More

Keywords: Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez, Home, Desdemona, Toni Morrison’s fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781628460193
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne Lanier Seward, editor
Colorado College

Justine Tally, editor
University of La Laguna

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The Buckeye

Rita Dove

Part I “This is where I belong”

“Dangerously Free”

Philip Weinstein

To Make a Humanist Black

Dana A. Williams

Part II “Regrets, excuses, righteousness, false memory and future plans mixed together or stood like soldiers in line”

Trying to Get Home

Cheryl A. Wall

The Pursuit of Memory

Claudine Raynaud


Lucille P. Fultz

Part III “Her garden was not Eden; it was so much more than that”

From Eden to Paradise

Shirley A. Stave

“And the Greatest of These”

Katherine Clay Bassard


Justine Tally

Part IV “Now it seemed both fresh and ancient, safe and demanding”

Part V “You can keep on writing but I Think You ought to Know What’s True”

Aesthetic Activity

Claudia Brodsky

Telling Stories

Jan Furman

“Newness Trembles Me”?

Mar Gallego-Durán

The Sound of Change

Lenore Kitts

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