Break It Down: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

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[By Goyland Williams] “Break It Down” is an HBW Literary Blog initiative that strives to offer critical interpretations of song lyrics, excerpts from novels, and poems. This week, Blog Contributor Goyland Williams has analyzed an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye. P. 206 Oh, some of us “loved” her. The Maginot Line. And Cholly loved her. I’m sure he did. He, at any […]

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: Black Girls as Central Figures

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   [By Goyland Williams]   The same year The Bluest Eye (1970) was published, the Black Power Movement and other black struggles for liberation of the 1960s had influenced black literature significantly. Central to those movements’ message was the emphasis of loving and valuing blackness. Because of this, Toni Morrison describes in a interview why The Bluest Eye having “a little hurt black girl at […]

Playing in the Sunlight: Colors of Imagination, or Toni Morrison Revisited

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[By Professor Jerry Ward] Having made proposals about the continual and continuous Africanist presence in the American literary imagination, Toni Morrison positions herself to be questioned about the invisible presence of an other, neither black nor white, which does or should haunt the American use of language.  Should the case be otherwise, it would have to be claimed that the truly invisible other has  been […]

Struggles for Freedom: Kanye West and Toni Morrison’s Artistic Renderings of Flight

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Please leave your thoughts in the comment section [By Kenton Rambsy] Tony Bolden, author of Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture, proposes “vernacular cultures are always dialogic relative to dominant cultures, so they are never static but rather always in flux…writers (artists) who appropriate the vernacular must confront the constant risk of erasure” (26). Bolden’s concept of the ever-changing vernacular culture helps to […]

Literary Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives of Toni Morrison

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Literary Vantage Points is the HBW’s newest initiative geared towards engaging our audience members in conversations about African American literature. We are looking to make short video segments a regular feature on our blog in order to utilize the most effective digital mediums and spark dialogue among people interested in black artist production. We have collected brief interviews from a number of professors to get […]