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Toni MorrisonAn Ethical Poetics$
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Yvette Christiansë

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239153

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239153.001.0001

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(p.x) (p.1) Introduction
Toni Morrison

Yvette Christiansë

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the works of African American novelist Toni Morrison. The book offers a reading of Morrison's writing based on her own efforts to find a language that resists history and its clichés, while making that history visible as the history of a language. It analyzes how Morrison transformed her thematics into an ethical poetics that increasingly tries to understand the relation of her writing to the production or reproduction of a canon and examines her fictions in terms of their “internal” operations and their intertextual relations.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, African American novelist, thematics, ethical poetics, canon, fictions, intertextual relations

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