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ENG 240: The Modern Novel - Kehoe

Sula, by Toni Morrison (1973)

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Toni Morrison   The cover of Sula

  • literary period and historical background: the 1960s and 1970s
  • about Toni Morrison [1 and 2] (1931-2019) (via RCC Library); Sula published in 1973
  • critical approaches, literary terms, and references:
    • Bildungsroman (via RCC Library)
    • the novel as critique of official histories and established traditions
    • ethics and storytelling (in what ways does it matter who tells the story?)
    • Toni Morrison’s “Memory, Creation, and Fiction” as a writer’s manifesto (posted under RESOURCES)
    • Toni Morrison’s Nobel Lecture (posted also under RESOURCES)

 

FURTHER READING

Coleman, Alisha R. "One and One Make One: A Metacritical and Psychoanalytic Reading of Friendship in Toni Morrison’s Sula." Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 366, Gale, 2015. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1100118454/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=d703c57a. Originally published in CLA Journal, vol. 37, no. 2, 1993, pp. 145-155.

Morrison, Toni. “Memory, Creation, and Fiction.” The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019, pp. 326-333.

Morrison, Toni. “Nobel Lecture.” NobelPrize.org https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1993/morrison/lecture/

Nissen, Axel. "Form Matters: Toni Morrison’s Sula and the Ethics of Narrative." Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 366, Gale, 2015. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1100118457/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=63b27232. Originally published in Contemporary Literature, vol. 40, no. 2, 1999, pp. 263-285.

Sáma, Metta. "Searching for Comfort: Transformative Imaginations in Toni Morrison’s Sula." Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 366, Gale, 2015. Gale Literature Resource Center, link.gale.com/apps/doc/H1100118463/GLS?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=bookmark-GLS&xid=7eaa84fc. Originally published in Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History, edited by Verena Theile and Marie Drews, Cambridge Scholars, 2009, pp. 71-90.