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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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“’There is the Power,’ He Thought, ‘Right There’”

“’There is the Power,’ He Thought, ‘Right There’”

Dramatizing Entropy in Tar Baby and Paradise

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(p.218) “’There is the Power,’ He Thought, ‘Right There’”
Source:
Toni Morrison
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Herman Beavers

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628460193.003.0018

The earliest assessments of Tar Baby occurred at a moment before critics had abandoned the propensity to read African American literary texts through the aegis of racial essentialism and black nationalism. However, Paradise’s critique of racial separatism and purity in the town of Ruby, Oklahoma, actualized through its depiction of the violence directed at the female inhabitants of the Convent, recuperates Tar Baby as a novel deeply invested in a critique of black nationalism as gendered excess. In Paradise there is an equally profound critique of hegemonic forms of masculinity, but it can only be accessed by understanding the ways that systems in a state of disequilibrium often resort to drastic methods to restore order. What both texts share is the sense that for utopian spaces to persist, they must enact figurations of heat management capable of silencing or erasing any form of difference deemed to be a threat. (149 words)

Keywords:   Tar Baby, Paradise, Entropy, Black masculinity, Black nationalism

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