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Toni Morrison

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Transcript of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (1931 - )
Author of
Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and more.
Theme of story:
The effacement of race.
Definition: to erase, obliterate, rub-out.
Recitatif
A musical term -- part of a work of music that "recites." It has a spoken quality; it helps tell the story in an oratorio or opera. Handel's Messiah contains recitatifs/recitatives.
Born in Lorain, Ohio.
Winner of National
Book Award, Pulitzer
Prize, Nobel Prize
(1993). Was a professor at Princeton.

Cultural References
The story contains many "racial markers" -- descriptions, names, cultural information/practices that label the race of an individual.
Indicators that one girl is black and one girl is white:
" . . . a girl from a whole other race."
" . . . we looked like salt and pepper . . ."

"You know how it was in those days: black -- white."

"Blacks were very friendly with whites in those days."
Possible racial markers:
"never washed their hair and smelled funny," "Mary," She was big," "Chicken legs and ham sandwiches," "Her own hair was big and wild," "Fisk," "big loud family," "Fireman," "They think they own the world,""Kenneth Norton," "Joseph was on the list of kids." There are more!!!!
Role of Maggie:
Twyla is "puzzled by [Roberta] telling her that Maggie was black." Maggie's ambiguous color mirrors ambiguity of the color of the two girls. Why did they want to hurt Maggie?
"Mothers Have Rights, Too . . .Is your mother well" -- sign slogan argument of Twyla and Roberts. Meaning??
Roberta: "I really did think she was black . . .We didn't kick her . . . But, well, I wanted to . . .I said we did it . . . but that's not true . . .It was just that I wanted to do it so bad that day --- wanting to is doing it."
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