Review by Choice Review
Tally (Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands) offers a surefooted guide to the world of Toni Morrison, one that does not shy away from the complexity of Morrison's responses to the historical and contemporary intersection of gender, race, and class. In part 1, the contributors grapple with significant issues from the novels and the short fiction. In particular, the essays interpret Morrison's rendering of black female experience, black history, and the significance of memory and "rememory." The essays in part 2, "Toni Morrison's Criticism and Editing," discuss Morrison's influence as critic, as social commentator, and as editor for (and encourager of) black writers. And the essays in the final section examine Morrison's critical reception and her impact on the literary community, especially her extraordinary contributions in furthering language and narrative in the postmodern milieu. In short, the volume offers a comprehensive view of Morrison's writing and a thorough understanding of her politics as they emerge in her fiction and her public persona. The book's only flaw is its failure to convey the passion of Morrison's fiction: it tells but does not show Morrison's extraordinary courage as she develops new artistic techniques in order to ask and answer difficult questions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. M. Wood Park University
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