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Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460193

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.001.0001

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“A Kind of Restoration”

“A Kind of Restoration”

Psychogeographies of Healing in Toni Morrison’s

(p.194) “A Kind of Restoration”
Toni Morrison

Valorie Thomas

University Press of Mississippi

Valorie Thomas introduces her own concept of African Diasporic Vertigo as method of healing and “decolonizing” the psyche. Drawing on ancient African traditions and motifs of the trickster she argues that Morrison’s strategy in Home eschews the “quest for purification and redemption” in favor of a “restorative” narrative that “prioritize[s] the Black subject’s ability to embody psychic balance and cultural equilibrium over the quest for purification and redemption.” In Home Morrison’s mapping of this restorative psychogeography serves as a template for healing in the midst of trauma. The landscape of Black vernacular culture in this novel is structured by the liminal space of the crossroads archetype and related concepts in Yoruba-Bantu-Kongo spiritual systems which evoke a studied relationship to existential and social precarity or in Thomas’s terms “African Diasporic Vertigo.” (132 words)

Keywords:   Home, psychogeography, trickster, crossroads, African traditions

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