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African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni
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K. Zauditu-Selassie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033280

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033280.001.0001

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In(her)iting the Divine:(Consola)tions, Sacred (Convent)ions, and Mediations of the Spiritual In-between in Paradise

In(her)iting the Divine:(Consola)tions, Sacred (Convent)ions, and Mediations of the Spiritual In-between in Paradise

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African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison
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K. Zauditu-Selassie

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0006

This chapter examines sacred conventions, consolations and mediations in Toni Morrison's novel Paradise. It suggests that Morrison structured this novel as the highlight of the negotiation of spiritual tensions in her use of spiritual amplification. It explores the notion of spiritual balance, the re-construction/resurrection of the matriarch, and the nature of spiritual transcendence and analyzes the nature of female spiritual traditions and the manner in which African women have redefined, restored, reclaimed and recovered identity through a symbiotic relationship between themselves and the land.

Keywords:   sacred conventions, mediations, consolations, Toni Morrison, Paradise, spiritual traditions, spiritual balance, matriarch, spiritual transcendence, African women

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