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African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

K. Zauditu-Selassie

Abstract

Toni Morrison herself has long urged for organic critical readings of her works. This book delves into African spiritual traditions, explaining the meanings of African cosmology and epistemology as manifest in Morrison's novels. The result is a critical investigation of such works as The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Paradise, Love, Beloved, and Jazz. While others have studied the African spiritual ideas and values encoded in Morrison's work, the author of this study explores a wide range of complex concepts, including African deities, ancestral ideas, spiritual archetypes, myth ... More

Keywords: Toni Morrison, African spiritual traditions, cosmology, epistemology, values, moral codes, Yoruba, Kongo, African deities, mythic trope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033280
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033280.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. Zauditu-Selassie, author
Coppin State University, Baltimore