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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.216) Epilogue
Toni Morrison

Yvette Christiansë

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the findings of this study about the novels of Toni Morrison, who is considered as a writer who writes about writing and about the historical consciousness of African Americans. It suggests that the epigraphs of Morrison partake of the mysterious interplay between the body of a novel and the disappearing body of another text from which a passage has been taken and reconstructed as an epigraph, thus making a visible textuality. This chapter also contends that Morrison's novels reveal an understanding of what it might mean to write in a space in which African Americans produce worlds in spaces where belonging has been challenged and in which their name keeps history and the present within view of each other.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, novels, historical consciousness, African Americans, textuality, epigraph

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