Jean Wyatt’s Love and Narrative Form in Toni Morrison’s Later Novels is a much-needed contribution to Morrison studies because it focuses on the formal properties of Morrison’s works and because it adds to the sparse criticism on the later novels, including the most recent, God Help the Child (2015). In this accessible and precise study, Wyatt’s purpose is threefold: she uses a psychoanalytic method to show how Morrison’s novels’ formal properties work on readers; she demonstrates that the narrative method reflects the conceptualization of love in each novel; and she makes connections between narrative form and African American history. Wyatt is, at base, a psychoanalytic critic, but in this study, like her preceding work, Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism (2004), she deftly positions psychoanalytic theory as integral to understanding not only literature but also African American history and...
Love and Narrative Form in Toni Morrison’s Later Novels by Jean Wyatt
Doreen Fowler is professor of English at the University of Kansas. Her latest publication is Drawing the Line: The Father Reimagined in Faulkner, Wright, O’Connor, and Morrison (2013), a study of the role of liminality in identity construction. She is also the author of a psychoanalytic interpretation of Faulkner’s major novels, Faulkner: The Return of the Repressed (2000), and the coeditor of eleven collections of essays on Faulkner.
Doreen Fowler; Love and Narrative Form in Toni Morrison’s Later Novels by Jean Wyatt. Twentieth-Century Literature 1 December 2017; 63 (4): 513–518. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/0041462X-4299070
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