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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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If I’d a Knowed More, I Would a Loved More: Toni Morrison’s Love and Spiritual Authorship

If I’d a Knowed More, I Would a Loved More: Toni Morrison’s Love and Spiritual Authorship

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(p.189) 8 If I’d a Knowed More, I Would a Loved More: Toni Morrison’s Love and Spiritual Authorship
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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/9780813033280.003.0009

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the African spiritual traditions contained in Toni Morrison's novels. The novels examined in this study represent traditions inspired by a shared spiritual memory and Morrison's use of narratives that speak of displacement and the renewal of hope points to the possibilities for wholeness through the interplay between the individual and community. In employing ritual that provides rehabilitation of the soul Morrison also awakens the sleeping giants of myth and allows silences to be disturbed through the montage of spiritual and cultural events. This chapter also comments on Morrison's novel Love.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, African spiritual traditions, novels, spiritual memory, displacement, hope, wholeness, soul, myth, Love

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