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Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison

Editor(s): Nellie Y. McKay, Kathryn Earle

Pages: xi & 179 pp.
Published: 1997
ISBN: 9780873527422

"This is a solid volume with many rich ideas for those persons who teach and read the work of Toni Morrison. The essays are well organized, by theme rather than by novel. I enjoyed the book and learned from it."
Kathryn Lee Seidel, author of The Southern Belle in the American Novel

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Teachers started assigning the novels of Toni Morrison long before she won the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature and before there was a significant body of secondary literature on the author. Now her works are the subject of countless studies and listed in the syllabi of an ever-increasing number of courses in schools and universities. The editors of this volume help the teacher sort out the best materials and to meet the many challenges that Morrison's writings pose.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison

Nellie Y. McKay


The Novels

Other Works
Articles and Essays
Playing in the Dark
Interviews and Nobel Prize Lecture
The Black Book

Further Readings for Students

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Book-Length Critical Studies
Essay Collections
Uncollected Critical Essays
Background Readings

Audiovisual Materials


"Out There, in the World": Race and Identity in the Classroom

Tracing and Erasing: Race and Pedagogy in The Bluest Eye
Rafael Pérez-Torres

Teaching Controversy: The Bluest Eye in the Multicultural Classroom
Kathryn Earle

"Raked with Wonder": A White Instructor Teaches Sula
Toni A. H. McNaron

Beyond the Bitterness of History: Teaching Beloved
Carolyn C. Denard

Marginality and Community in Beloved
Sharon P. Holland and Michael Awkward

"The Thing out of Which I Come": Morrison Contextualized

Authority, Literacy, and Modernism in The Bluest Eye
Thomas H. Fick and Eva Gold

Song of Solomon: Modernism in the Afro-American Studies Classroom
Sandra Adell

Flying Home: Folklore, Intertextuality, and Song of Solomon
James C. Hall

Tar Baby: Philosophizing Blackness
Madelyn Jablon

Using History as Artifact to Situate Beloved's Unknown Woman: Margaret Garner
Angelita Reyes

Jazz: Morrison and the Music of Tradition
Craig Werner

Colors and Sounds: Language, Style, and Technique

Morrison on Morrison: Using Interviews to Teach Morrison
Terry Otten

Sula: Imagery, Figurative Language, and Symbols
Elizabeth B. House

Reading in the Dark: Knowledge and Vision in Song of Solomon
Linda J. Krumholz

Jazz: From Music to Literature
Anthony J. Berret

"Holes and Spaces": Interpretive Strategies

"Laundering the Head of Whitewash": Mimicry and Resistance in The Bluest Eye
Gurleen Grewal

An African-Based Reading of Sula
Gay Wilentz

Songs of the Ancestors: Family in Song of Solomon
Keith E. Byerman

Telling Stories: A Cultural Studies Approach to Tar Baby
Marilyn Sanders Mobley

Teaching Tar Baby
Ann Jurecic and Arnold Rampersad

Morrison's Jazz: "A Knowing So Deep"
Judylyn S. Ryan

Works Cited

Index of Morrison's Novels

Index of Names

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