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Now available in a new paperback edition, The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison examines Morrison's hugely influential fiction, criticism, and interviews for traces of her struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. The only book to explore autobiographical tendencies in Morrison's fiction, Duvall's study: -Provides in-depth chapters on Morrison's most frequently taught novels -Uses Morrison's own words from interviews and essays as an important context for understanding her fiction -Traces Morrison's critical engagement with modernist writers,…mehr

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Now available in a new paperback edition, The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison examines Morrison's hugely influential fiction, criticism, and interviews for traces of her struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. The only book to explore autobiographical tendencies in Morrison's fiction, Duvall's study: -Provides in-depth chapters on Morrison's most frequently taught novels -Uses Morrison's own words from interviews and essays as an important context for understanding her fiction -Traces Morrison's critical engagement with modernist writers, particularly William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ralph Ellison In a new Afterword, Duvall discusses Morrison's two most recent novels, Love and A Mercy, in the context of the author's recent disclosures about her Catholicism.
Although all published biographical information on Toni Morrison agrees that her birth name was Chloe Anthony Wofford, John Duvall's book challenges this claim. Using new biographical information, he explores the issue of names and naming in Morrison's fiction and repeatedly finds surprising traces of the Nobel Prize-winning author's struggle to construct a useable identity as an African American woman novelist. Whatever the exact circumstances surrounding her decision to become Toni, one thing becomes clear: the question of identity was not a given for Morrison.
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JOHN DUVALLl is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University.
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'...an important contribution to Morrison criticism...it gestures toward powerful issues at the center of Morrison's work...'

- Erik Dussere, Novel

'The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison is, without question, the most engaging book on Morrison I have ever read.'

- Michael Awkward

'..an effective new way to read one of our most important writers.'

- South Atlantic Review