Toni Morrison’s Secret Drive

A Reader-Response Study of the Fiction and Its Rhetoric

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About the Book

The late Toni Morrison was the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Morrison was a powerful writer who wove stories depicting the largely overlooked Black experience in America. Her writing also explored the intersection between gender and race through the lives of Black women. Morrison’s writing continues to move people and push readers to reassess their beliefs about what it means to be Black in America. Synthesizing some 250 scholarly works about Morrison’s writing, this book examines eight novels as well as the short story “Recitatif” (widely taught in classrooms worldwide). They are analyzed for techniques used to deepen meaning and emotional weight, and reveal Morrison’s mastery over prose.

About the Author(s)

David S. Goldstein is a teaching professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and former director of its Teaching and Learning Center.

Shawnrece D. Campbell is an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and founding director of its bachelor degree completion program in Organizational Leadership. She has previous publications on Richard Wright’s haiku, cultural competence, and using Ethiopian healing scrolls as a lens for ethnomedical literary criticism.

Bibliographic Details

David S. Goldstein and Shawnrece D. Campbell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7937-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4109-6
Imprint: McFarland