THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Toni Morrison Literary Criticism

Beloved

An essay by Satya P. Mohanty, a Professor at Cornell University, which explores Morrison's novel through analyzing relations between experience and identity, as well as challenging essentialist and postmodernist methods.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction discussing this novel and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.
An essay by Marie Nigro of Lincoln University discussing the revision of history in Morrison's novel and Tracks by Louise Erdrich.

Jazz

An essay by Tracey Sherard of Washington State University examining this novel from the perspective of the complexity and relevance of technology in its narrative.
In this essay, Astrid Recker of the University of Cologne examines the influence of white-patriarchal models on black masculinity in Morrison's novel.
An essay by Éva Gyetvai of Eötvös Lóránd University looking at Morrison's reconfiguration of language in Jazz, with analysis of several excerpts.
In this essay, Susmita Talukdar, a Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, analyzing how narrative can widen a reader's skill of evaluation.

Love

An essay by G. Neelakantan and Sathyaraj Venkatesan of the Indian Institute of Technology which approaches Morrison's novel from the perspective of a critique of the American Civil Rights movement.
In this essay, Hans-Wolfgang Schaller, explores the nature and effect of the narrative devices Morrison has employed in this novel.

The Bluest Eye

An essay by Samy Azouz, an adjunct professor at the University of Le Havre, discussing ideology, prejudice, and the multi-faceted role of the cinema in this novel.
An essay by Alisa A. Balestra of Youngstown State University looking at Morrison's depiction of intraracial oppression in her first novel.