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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 369–393.
Published: 01 September 2016
... and that embed it in differing sites of authority. Moving from the Romantic period to the present, this article looks at the trajectories of Walter Scott as an earlier and Toni Morrison as a recent candidate for culturally relevant authorship. Copyright © 2016 by University of Washington 2016 Toni...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 453–474.
Published: 01 September 2012
... projects of those who were defeated by history. This ethic of recovery has at times gone by the name “melancholy historicism,” and its paragon text has been Toni Morrison’s Beloved . This essay questions whether recovery predicated on such assumptions is the only way to either have or do slave history...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 147–168.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Sphinx (1986), which avoids all linguistic markers of gender for its central pair of lovers, and Toni Morrison’s short story “Recitatif” ( 1983 ), which never reveals the racial identities of its two protagonists, one of whom is white and one Black. Drawing on Georg Lukács’s discussion of realism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 96–99.
Published: 01 March 2023
... canonical and less so, popular and esoteric, and helps us understand African American literature in light of other cultural forms. Toni Morrison’s work is a touchstone throughout the book, and in Morrison’s body of work Griffin finds a critical and stylistic model to explore literature’s role in African...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1992) 53 (4): 475–481.
Published: 01 December 1992
... those sisters, attitudes toward theory are further divergent; whereas Audre Lorde once informed an editor “that she doesn’t write theory,” Toni Morrison wields poststructuralist discourse masterfully in Phying in the Dad7 Striving “to bring the terms criticism, theory, and Wnting by black WOM...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 350–353.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Locke, Kenneth Burke, and Toni Morrison have attempted “to come to terms . . . with the spiritual imaginary of America itself” (4). Copyright © 2019 by University of Washington 2019 The Pragmatist Turn: Religion, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of American Literature . By Giles Gunn...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 268–270.
Published: 01 June 2021
... attention to both archiving and refusal (15). Weinbaum draws on an eclectic body of texts, ranging from canonical works like Toni Morrison’s Beloved to dystopian fictions, about which she notes that “when . . . juxtaposed with black feminist manifestoes for freedom that dare to imagine refusal of sexual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 141–153.
Published: 01 March 1993
... “MinorityLiterature” ‘45 education permitted me to be classed a minority student. I wish that they would read this. I doubt they ever will But perhaps the most subtle performance of differential distanc- ing that we have today is Toni Morrison’s orchestration of various read...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 339–341.
Published: 01 September 1994
... critics, such as Sidney Kaplan, H. Bruce Franklin, Carolyn Karcher, Aldon Nielsen, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Homi Bhabha, Abdul JanMohamed, bell hooks, Hazel Carby, Toni Morrison, and many more whose work he would find either “rigid and unimaginative” or influential, he seemingly sidesteps...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 121–132.
Published: 01 March 1993
... Birnbaum and Bill Viola? Whose fiction as social practice is an index to the experience of African-American women, Toni Morrison’s or Terri McMillan’s? And whose language exemplifies the aporias of postmodern culture?John Updike’s?John Cage’s?John Ashbery’s?John Ash’s? If all of the above...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 175–191.
Published: 01 June 2016
... and turning them into grist for other mills. Enjoyment is one incentive to read, but revenge on Eurocentrism and the appetite for narrative resources can also generate renewable energy for reading. Dread and desire (“slaps and embraces,” in Toni Morrison’s brilliant formulation [Gilroy 1988 ]) combine...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (2): 381–395.
Published: 01 June 1996
... 39’ la definici6n del idioma unico,” he asks, “ante la hibridez y mezcla del espaiiol, del inglis y del spanglish que se oye en Bayamh, Puerto Nuevo o en Union City? Las elites puertorriqueiias defienden, con raz6n, su bilinguismo, que les permite leer a Toni Morrison o a Faulkner, y...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 117–128.
Published: 01 June 2023
... in their protagonists. What happens, Zhang asks, when details—which often typify, mark something or someone as belonging to a larger group—are removed altogether in unmarked fictions such as Anne F. Garréta’s Sphinx (1986, translated 2015) and Toni Morrison’s short story “Recitatif” (1983)? Zhang argues...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 261–272.
Published: 01 June 2023
.... As Zhang reads it, Toni Morrison’s only short story, “Recitatif” (1983), issues an implicit demand for intersectional reading by pointing up the nonequivalence and context dependence of hypotheses about race based on the circumstantial evidence that details afford. Caroline Levine observes that whereas...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 253–255.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996). Saul Review 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 255–258.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996). Saul Review 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 259–261.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996). Saul Review 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 261–265.
Published: 01 June 2005
... 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should be noted, worked for many years as an infl uential editor in the publishing industry—made the boldly enigmatic suggestion...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 266–268.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996). Saul Review 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (2): 269–272.
Published: 01 June 2005
... 269 Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism. By Madhu Dubey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. ix + 284 pp. In a 1984 essay Toni Morrison—who, it should be noted, worked for many years as an infl uential editor in the publishing industry—made the boldly enigmatic suggestion...