Toni Morrison | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Barbara Williams Lewis

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Toni Morrison.
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Critical Essay by Barbara Williams Lewis

SOURCE: Lewis, Barbara Williams. “The Function of Jazz in Toni Morrison's Jazz.” In Toni Morrison's Fiction: Contemporary Criticism, edited by David L. Middleton, pp. 271-81. New York: Garland Publishing, 1997.

In the following essay, Lewis argues that Morrison's Jazz may be categorized as a “jazz novel,” in that the narrative structure of the story is based on stylistic techniques of jazz music.

It don't mean a thing If it ain't got that swing. Doo wop, doo wop, doo wop, doo wah … 

—Duke Ellington, 1932

If we look at the beginning and end of Toni Morrison's Jazz, the novel appears to be structurally backwards. The opening paragraph tells the whole story: Joe Trace

… fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those...

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