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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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Beginnings and Endings, Part One: Old Languages / New Bodies

Beginnings and Endings, Part One: Old Languages / New Bodies

(p.158) 4. Beginnings and Endings, Part One: Old Languages / New Bodies
Toni Morrison

Yvette Christiansë

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes the depiction of old languages and new bodies in the novels of Toni Morrison. It examines the relationship between apocalyptic discourse and the ordinary, even banal forms of similitude that lie at the heart of everyday life and burden the lives of all who would seek change. It considers the politics and the poetics of similitude in Morrison's fiction and discusses her treatment of the idea of simile, the naming in Paradise and Tar Baby, and the conflict of signs in A Mercy.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, novels, old languages, apocalyptic discourse, similitude, signs, Paradise, Tar Baby, A Mercy

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