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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Summary
Toni Morrison

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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Summary

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Toni Morrison's "Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination" is a collection of three essays written concerning race in American literature. orrison explores the ways that literary whiteness and literary blackness are constructed in American literature as well as the ways in which this affects American literature as a whole. "Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination" explores the means by which the African presence is used in American literature by different authors.

Toni Morrison's reading of "The Words to Say It" in 1983 sparks her interest in cataloging the way that black people ignite moments of discovery in literature not written by them. The main reason that these matters are so important to Morrison is because blackness and black people do not stimulate the same notions of dread, anarchy or love for her. As a black writer, she struggles with a language that evokes...

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